The Historical Metallurgy Society originated in the early 1960s, partly in response to the damage and destruction of many historically important metallurgical sites. Conservation, research and protection are still important parts of the Society’s role.
Is there a site in your area which represents an important aspect of metallurgical history? Even small and apparently mundane sites can be of regional and even national importance. The sorts of things we may be able to help with include:
- demolition or damage to metallurgical production sites ranging from plough damage to the ‘humps and bumps’ of a medieval smelting site in the countryside, to the demolition of a 1970s metalworking factory in a city centre.
- loss or potential loss of archives, production records and other documentary sources either through factory closure or rationalisation within an organisation.
- inadequate provision being made through PPS5 and the planning process for archaeological recording on a site of specific importance
- advice and support for local societies and other special interest groups campaigning to save aspects of the metallurgical heritage.