Bath IRON will be a four-day festival of heritage ironwork in the historic city 
of Bath 14-17th June 2018 featuring live forging, craft stalls, music and 
street food. In keeping with this celebration of traditional skills, the Icon 
Metals Group one-day conference on the 15th of June will focus on the role of 
craft skills in conservation of heritage metals.

09.45 – 10.30 Registration and Refreshments, Guildhall
10.30 – 10.55 The Positive Synergy of Craft and Conservation - Alex Coode 
(Heritage Blacksmith Partnership)
10.55 – 11.20 Assessing Skills in Practice in an Academic Context - Jane 
Henderson and Phil Parkes (Dept. of Archaeology and Conservation, Cardiff 
11.20 – 11.45 Revitalizing the Lost Art of Indian Swordsmithing – Material, 
Techniques and Rituals - Vandana Singh (formerly National Museum, New Delhi)
11.45 – 12.10 The Matilda Diaries: Engineering the Conservation of Tanks - 
Chris van Schaardenburg (The Tank Museum, Bovington)
12.10 – 13.30 Visit BathIRON Festival Site, Parade Gardens (food stalls 
13.30 – 14.00 Tea and Coffee, Guildhall
14.00 – 14.25 Recreation of a Byzantine Style Ring with a Black Opal and 
Granulation -William Hawkes (Freelance Conservator)
14.50 – 15.15 A Matter of Experience: The Restoration of a Janvier Reducing 
Machine -Susan Sandford (The Royal Mint, Llantrisant)
14.25 – 14.50 18th Century Turret Clock, St John’s Hospital, Bath: Conservation 
and Automatic Winding - Andrew Nicholls (Tower Clocks, Bristol)
15.15 – 15.40 Using Traditional Metalsmith Craft Skills in the Education of 
Conservators in Hungary - Eszter Sz. Bakonyi (National Centre for Conservation 
and Conservation Training, Hungarian National Museum)
15.40 – 16.00 Closing Remarks
16.00 - onwards Social

Book your tickets on Eventbrite: 

Early Bird tickets are available to midnight 31st of May after which standard 
ticket rates will apply. Tickets include entry to the BathIRON festival area. 
More information about BathIRON may be found here:   

We hope to see you in Bath in June!

Jerrod Seifert, MSc
PhD Researcher
Department of Archaeology & Conservation
Cardiff University
Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Treasurer, Metals Group
Institute of Conservation

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