Practical Days

In the past these events were known as ‘Affiliated Societies Weekends’ and ‘Ironbridge Weekends’. These have now transformed into “CPD Days”. We are pleased to announce the first of these:

27th January 2024 One day CPD Skills Workshop

Conservation of Architectural and Structural Cast and Wrought Iron

Led by Geoff Wallis CEng MIMechE
Geoff has been a Director of Dorothea Restorations for 32 years and has spent 15 years as a Consultant. Currently he is:
  • Course Leader, Conservation of Historic Metalwork, West Dean College, Sussex
  • CPD Tutor, National Heritage Ironwork Group
  • Leads courses in Myanmar, Zanzibar, & India (online)
  • Tutors at Cardiff, Birmingham City & Bath Universities
The workshop will include:
  • How was iron made and shaped
  • Properties
  • How was it used in buildings & structures
  • Deterioration mechanisms
  • Surveys
  • Hot & cold repair techniques
  • Ethics
  • Case studies
Price: Non-members £60  AIA members £15
( AIA membership starts from £26, Join now to enjoy all benefits of membership )
We plan to announce more CPD events later this year.
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Some past meetings were:

2018 – Mining Landscapes in Derbyshire

The weekend included a visit to the splendid Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath and its adjacent Temple Mine; the surface remains of Magpie Mine, run by the Peak District Mines Historical Society; and an exploration of other mining landscapes in the area, with an underground visit to one of the local caverns which were exploited for minerals including the famous Blue John.

2017 – The Iron industry

This one-day workshop provided introductory practical training and a broad understanding of the processes used and the buildings utilised in the historic iron industry around Ironbridge

2016 – Speaking up for Industrial Archaeology – the challenges and practicalities of speaking up for industrial archaeology at a local scale

The workshop explored why it is more important now than ever that local groups speak up for industrial archaeology, and what groups and societies can practically do to support and protect industrial archaeology in their local area.

There were practical sessions, and a feedback and discussion session which looked at issues such as the challenges of speaking up for industrial archaeology and what support currently exists for groups who want to help to protect and raise awareness of industrial archaeology in their local area.

Following from the workshop, Rob Lennox from the Council for British Archaeology  (CBA) has produced a resources sheet of useful advocacy resources/web links for community groups who want to speak up for industrial heritage in their local areas.

Download the resource sheet ( pdf 366kb )

2014 – Lime in Historic Landscapes and Buildings

2007 – Characteristics and Forms of Road Transport

2006 – The Brewing Industry

2005 – Railway Structures

2000 – What should we do with our records?