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The Historical Metallurgy Society

Historical Metallurgy relaunches as an Open Access journal

  • Historical Metallurgy is online at HMSjournal.org
  • All Historical Metallurgy content will be free to access online
  • Historical Metallurgy has no publication fees for authors
  • Printed copies of Historical Metallurgy will  be in full colour

Historical Metallurgy is relaunched as a platinum open access journal from January 2022. This means the journal is free to access and free to publish in. Historical Metallurgy is positioned to be the premier outlet for research in any branch of historical- or archaeometallurgy.

The Historical Metallurgy Society is offering new membership bands to accompany the digital journal, to encourage the global community of historical metallurgists to take a stake in the success of the innovative venture. The new platform will achieve rapid publication of the work of researchers from around the world, whilst maintaining the Society’s long-standing reputation for high-quality publication and robust peer review.

HMS is 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

Liverpool University are advertising a two year post-doctoral position.

This post is part of the current RACOM research project. They looking for someone at post-doctoral level who has experience in the processing and interpretation of lead isotope data from silver-copper alloys to assist Matthew Ponting in the archaeometallurgical side of the project. Details here.

Accidental and Experimental 2.
Plus HMS Annual General Meeting

New Crucibles have been added

The 108 HMS Crucible is now available online here.

Welcome to the HMS website!

We continue to update our new website. The aim is 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.

Some members have had problems renewing their membership online, for which we apologise.

Note for people registered on the old website.

The accounts from the old website have now been transferred across, so when renewing your membership you can do it on-line.  Members may need to ask the system for a password reset (or indeed a password for the first time). The system should recognise the email address that the Society holds. If not please email HMS from here.

This also applies to members who may have inadvertently allowed their membership to lapse. (The new website will offer you an opportunity to pay arrears of subscriptions.)

October 2021

Latest Journal

Latest Journal available for purchase

  • Historical Metallurgy Vol. 01.1-6 (Bulletins)


The Crucible: Issue 108

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The Crucible: Issue 107

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Contains: *A Puzzling Indian Cannon*The Whitechapel bell foundry*Anglo-Saxon iron working and the smith* (more…)


Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy 2.1 Conference.

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10th. to 12th. June 2022. A experimental archaeometallurgy conference with a mixture of demonstrations, practical activities and oral presentations, held at the Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne. (more…)
Past Events

The Historic Metallurgy of Killarney

 Killarney Organised by Paul Rondelez Historical Metallurgy Society excursion to Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (6…
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Research in Progress Meeting 13 November 2021 – Zoom
Past Events
A Metallurgical Miscellany & HMS AGM
Past Events
Metallurgical Miscellany Event
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HMS 50th Anniversary Conference
Past Events
100th Anniversary of Stainless Steel