Welcome to

The Historical Metallurgy Society

We are a dynamic and exciting international forum for the exchange of information and research in historical metallurgy. For over fifty years we have covered all aspects of the history of metals and associated materials from prehistory to the present. Our members’ interests range from processes and production through to technology and economics, in a range of specialisms including historical research,  archaeology and conservation.

Research and Publications

Provide a forum for the exchange of information and research of our historical metallurgy, through our publications


Through our collection of datasheets and links to other resources

Networking and Education

Hold regular conferences showcasing the latest research and providing networking opportunities


Provide guidance and advice on the protection for our historical metallurgical heritage

Grants and Donations

Through our HMS awards grants for activities that further the aims of the Society.

Resources and Collections

Provides physical and digital access to our library, collections and archive resources

Links to our latest

New Crucibles have been added

The 105 HMS Crucible is now available online here.

April 2021

2021 Experimental Conference Postponed!

Unfortunately due to Covid we have decided to postpone the Experimental conference. There will however be an online conference on the 5th of June attached to an online EGM and AGM. See the AGM page for more details.

March 2021

Welcome to our new HMS website!

We have launched our new website. The aim was to produce an easy to use website, with new features and content. We are always keen to improve so if you can’t find anything or hit any snags please let us know here.

Note for people registered on the old website.

The accounts from the old website have not been transferred across therefore when renewing your membership you will need to re-register with this website.

March 2020

Latest Journal

Latest Journal available for purchase

The Crucible: Issue 105

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Contains: *Measuring charcoal breakage*Early Coalbrookdale cast iron pot*Mediaeval  Wealden Whetstones * (more…)

The Crucible: Issue 104

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Contains: *AGM Superalloys *The EuroDag Project. *Copper for the Navy. *Project INKACOPPER. *Hammering Copper Alloys in Angkor. *Styrian Steelmaking. (more…)

Due to Coronavirus the 2021 Experimental conference is postponed to 2022. There will be an AGM event held online instead!

A Metallurgical Miscellany & HMS AGM

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Half-day online conference covering a Metallurgical Miscellany preceding the Historical Metallurgy Society AGM (more…)

Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy 2.2 Conference.

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Postponed until June 2022. A experimental archaeometallurgy conference with a mixture of demonstrations, practical activities and oral presentations, held at the Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne. (more…)