Conference: ‘FORGING AHEAD: New Perspectives on Heritage Ironwork’

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Thursday, 14 November, 2019

NHIG are excited to announce their inaugural Conference, kindly hosted by the V&A in their lecture theatre, celebrating 10 years of the National Heritage Ironwork Group in the home of the nation’s most inspiring ironwork collection.

This world-class opportunity will be the highlight of your ironwork year, offering fresh insights, new perspectives and stimulating discussion.

Key-note speakers: craft & conservation professionals
10-minute champions
Question panel
Behind the scenes tour
After-party celebrating our 10th anniversary

Standard ticket: £55 (£50 member)
Early Bird: £40 (£35 member)
Students: £20
Early Bird tickets are limited so book soon to secure one.

To book go to:

Ten-minute champions at Forging Ahead: New Perspectives on Heritage Ironwork
Are you passionate about one particular piece of ironwork?
Could you speak about it for 10 minutes?
Will you win over the audience and persuade everyone that yours is the best?

If you’ve answered yes to all of the above, then this is your chance to speak at the V&A.

The 10-minute champions slot at our Conference Forging Ahead at the V&A on 14th November will give you the opportunity to share your enthusiasm with an inspiring pitch that will win over the crowds. Think Dragon’s Den meets the opposite of Room 101

Whether it’s a nail or a scroll, a suit of armour or a gun barrel, a pier, hinge, lock or clock, we want to hear what makes you tick.

Who will be crowned the Heritage Ironwork Champion of 2019 at our 10th Anniversary Conference (the ironwork equivalent of the Oscars)? The audience vote will decide on the night ...

• Open to anyone who works with or is involved with metals
• Must be ‘heritage’ but that could include ‘heritage of the future’ so no date restrictions
• Can be any size, from a pin to a pylon
• You could champion a particular style or practitioner but it must be via an object
• Must be illustrated by no more than 10 slides (a slide a minute)
• Champion must be able to stand up and speak for their choice in an engaging way

Submissions by way of a brief synopsis of your pitch and brief bio by Friday 30th August to:
NHIG Conference Team via
Subject Heading: 10-minute champions
Successful pitches will be informed that they have been selected by 30th September 2019