On Monday Andy and Alice went along to the AGM of the National Heritage Ironwork Group which was held in London. The NHIG objectives are to advance public knowledge and understanding of traditional ironwork and ironworking crafts, in particular through education, research and promotion of high standards.
The NHIG was set up and lauched by a small group of dedicated professionals in 2010. In four years it has grown to a committee of 17 very enthusiastic blacksmiths and heritage professionals who have come together from all corners of the UK to forward the aims of the group. The NHIG has recently been granted charity status and is looking set for some strategic changes – exciting times are ahead. More news on this when we have it.
In the meantime, if you are a blacksmith, heritage professional or simply have an enthusiasm for the conservation of important ironwork please help us to guarantee the future and support the NHIG by becoming a member today at a cost of £50 – spread the word!
Jason has finished his National Heritage Ironwork Group One-year course (Advanced Skills of Ironwork Restoration) with flying colours.
The NHIG organising team arranged a day at Hampton Court for all the students which was an opportunity to award prizes and celebrate their achievements. Jason took his family up to London for the event and received a special award from Dave Field his course assessor for “Progress in Conservation in Heritage Iron work”.
Chris Topp NHIG Chairman, course tutors and placement sponsors were also present at the event, as well as friends and family of all the students. Everyone went on a tour of the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and the famous Tijou screens during the afternoon.
Jason is over the moon about his award (as was six-year old Olly who was very proud of his dad). Jason said, ” It was a fantastic experience and a great way to bring closure to a year of hard work.”
Students from the NHIG course at Hampton Court
Jasons NHIG certificate
Jason Balchin with Chris Topp
Jason receives “Progress in Conservation in Heritage Iron work” award from Dave Fieldchin receives his Assessors prize from Dave Field