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

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

New Content:
How Can You Help?

As part of the launch we are looking for new content. Are you a HMS member, would you like to introduce yourself to other members or do you have some research you would like to share with everyone. Or would you like to contrubute to our website in other ways, if so we are keen to hear from you by emailing the web team here.

March 2020

Latest Journal

Latest Journal available for purchase

The Crucible: Issue 103

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Contains: *The traditional craft of leather bellows-making. *Ladles for the Greenside Mine Lead Smelter. *Early Days of WIRG’s Smelting Experiments. *Early Coalbrookdale Cast Iron Pot. *The Ferro Vivo Project. (more…)

The Crucible: Issue 102

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Contains: *Alexander Raby – Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Bankrupt. *Copper Bell Casting in Mexico. *Out and About - IL Maglio Museum (more…)

Due to Coronavirus the 2020 AGM conference has been postponed to 2021. We aim to hold the AGM at our Research in Progress meeting which will be held earlier in September, joint with the EMBERs project conference in Oxford.

Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy 2.1 Conference.

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Postponed until June 2021. A experimental archaeometallurgy conference with a mixture of demonstrations, practical activities and oral presentations, held at the Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne. (more…)