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HMS visit to the Ruhr region 20 – 22 September 2024

By Conferences, Current Events

HMS visit to the Ruhr region of Germany
20 - 22 September 2024

As the Historical Metallurgy Society has become more international in recent years, we are planning to undertake short visits to various areas with metallurgical history throughout Europe. Our first such visit is planned for next September to the Ruhr region in Germany. The highlights of the visit are:

  • The 20th century blast furnace at Duisburg re-invented as a recreational area with cinema, diving, climbing areas and much more. Guided tour of the furnace with torches in the evening.
  • Presentations on current research in Germany on historical metallurgy by some of the leading professionals in their fields. To be held in the old control room of the blast furnace.
  • Open-air museum at Hagen with working 18th and 19th century metalworking mills. Also, the last chance to see the experimental Iron Age domed iron smelting furnace, to be demolished shortly after our visit.
  • The German Mining Museum in Bochum


Friday 20 September

Saturday 21 September: Landschaftpark Duisburg-Nord

Decommissioned blast furnace (1903 – 1985) transformed into recreation zone

– Morning: free visit (bicycle tour optional)

– Afternoon: presentations on recent research in Germany on historical metallurgy (see below)

– Dinner in restaurant in LandschaftsPark with light show on the ironworks

– Evening: guided tour (in English) of the blast furnace with torches

Sunday 22 September



Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka Senior Professor Tübingen University, Scientific and Managing Director Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie (CEZA) Archaeometallurgical research at the Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie (CEZA)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Klein Head of Archaeometallurgy, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum Archaeometallurgy at the German Mining Museum Bochum: a particularly strong research group with a history, a present and a future
Dr. Guntram Gassman Mining Archaeology Specialist for the Heritage Service of Baden-Württemberg Ancient Iron Production in the West of Germany
Dr. Johannes Großewinkelmann Director of the World Heritage Rammelsberg Museum & Visitor Mine ”All this and more comes from the mine” The UNESCO World Heritage Site Rammelsberg Ore Mine in the past and present
Dr. Michael Farrenkopf Department Head of the Mining History Documentation Centre (montan.dok), Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum Industrial heritage and historical culture in the post-mining era: reflections and perspectives on the coking plant industry


Price and booking

Per person in a single room: £300 (c. 355 euro), per person sharing a double room: £250 (c. 295 euro)

Click here for the single room booking option.

Click here for the two-person/double room option.

Please contact the HMS Event Officer ( with any questions about the event.


  • Two nights hotel stay with breakfast
  • Bus to and from the Landschaftpark
  • Bus to Hagen/Bochum, return to Duisburg station
  • Evening meal in Landschaftpark restaurant on Saturday
  • Coffee/tea during presentations
  • Torch tour on Saturday evening
  • Entry fees to Hagen and Bochum museums

Not included

  • Flights and transport to and from Duisburg
  • Lunches in the Landschaftpark and in Hagen
  • Bicycle rental in the Landschaftpark (optional)


Getting there:

There are several close international airports to Duisburg (link to airport destinations in brackets)




Weeze (Ryanair only)

!Note that some online flight aggregators have recently stopped including Ryanair flights!

There are trains from all these airports to Duisburg station. From the station, take bus NE4 and get off at Kulturstrasse. Busses every hour on the half hour all day Friday till after midnight.


  • Please make sure to wear sturdy shoes and have weather-proof clothing.
  • Be aware that there is quite some walking involved on both days


Programme: HMS networking weekend Sheffield 3rd. and 4th. June 2023

By Conferences, Current Events

HMS networking weekend Sheffield 3rd. and 4th. June 2023

HMS networking weekend Sheffield 3rd and 4th June 2023

Friday 2nd June

7 pm on               Pre meeting get together at the Sheffield Tap, Sheffield Railway Station bar.


Saturday 3rd June

10:00am – 12:00pm          Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.

Lunch                   There are plenty of sandwich shops and pubs available.

2:00 – 6:00pm   A leisurely guided walk along parts of the River Don and Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, originally developed by HMS Member Brian Bastow.

If the walk is not for you the Shepherds Wheel (not that far from Abbeydale) is well worth a visit, or perhaps Weston Park Museum may be more up your street. Other options are available.

Evening               Dinner choose your own venue & companions.


Sunday 4th June

10:00am – 12noon           Wortley Top Forge – (£5 entry fee OAPs £3)

12:00 – 2:00pm                Lunch,   Choose your own venue, the café at Kelham Island Museum would be very suitable.   There is time to visit the Cementation Furnace on Hoyle Street before or after lunch.

2:15– 5:00 pm  Kelham Island Museum. Housed in a very early Electricity Power Station (1899), this features among many other exhibits a Bessemer converter.


For more information:

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet –  (

Shepherds Wheel –

Weston Park Museum –

Wortley Top Forge

Cementation furnace, Hoyle Street –,_Sheffield

Kelham Island Museum.

Please email us on with any other enquiries.


Click here to register.

HMS networking weekend Sheffield 3rd. and 4th. June 2023

By Conferences, Current Events

HMS networking weekend Sheffield 3rd. and 4th. June 2023

HMS networking weekend

Sheffield 3rd and 4th June 2023

What does everyone miss about “face to face” conferences?  It’s not so much the papers, it’s the connections we make!


The first HMS networking event will take place near Sheffield on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2023.

Everyone will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals – but we have some suggestions which you can find below.


The event will be free. If you are coming by car and can offer lifts between sites please indicate this on the Registration Form. It’s been some time since we’ve been able to meet in person so offering a lift might be a way to reconnect.


The outline plan is very free and easy and one can do as much or as little as one wants.  Apart from Wortley Top Forge, entrance to all sites is free.

The weekend starts with a pre-meeting get together at the Sheffield Tap, Sheffield Railway Station bar from 7 pm on Friday 2nd June.


Saturday has visits to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet ( and a ‘Metal Industry in Sheffield along the Canal & River Don’ walk. For those less keen on a 4 hour (or shorter) walk an alternative might be the Shepherds Wheel ( , Weston Park Museum  ( or other alternative family activities.’


Sunday starts at Wortley Top Forge with a site visit: a water powered heavy iron forge whose history can be traced back to at least 1640 and has been used for bloomeries and fineries. (£5 entry fee: this is the bit that is not free. Concessionary rates may be available, but participants must pay at the gate for this element of the event.)


The Sunday afternoon visit is to Kelham Island Museum which is housed in a very early Electricity Power Station (1899) and features among may many other exhibits a Bessemer converter.


A programme can be found here.

Registration: click here.

Alternatively contact:

Suggestions for eating/drinking/accommodation can be found here.  

If more information is needed contact Eddie Birch at .

See you there.



The Historic Metallurgy of Killarney

By Past Events, TimelineEvents


The Historic Metallurgy of Killarney, May 2022

Organised by Paul Rondelez

Historical Metallurgy Society excursion to Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (6 to 8 May 2022)

Book here.


Killarney in Co. Kerry is not only located in one of the most scenic areas of Ireland, it also has a varied metal producing history. Famous are the Bronze age copper mines at Ross Island excavated by Prof. W. O’Brien. The same ore bodies were worked again in the Early Medieval period and in the 18th and 19th centuries. Less well-known are 18th century blast furnaces for smelting iron ore, two in the immediate area and more further afield.


The 3-day HMS excursion to Ireland aims to combine visits to these known and some newly discovered sites with talks on local metal production and aspects of prehistoric and medieval metal manufacturing processes. And especially, to meeting each other once again in a beautiful setting with potent Irish after-dinner entertainment.


There are two accommodation options for which we have reduced rates, both are close to each other and the train and bus stations:

Each of these has two room type options, see below.

Get there and away

Cork is the obvious airport to fly into to get to Killarney but, with longer travelling times, Dublin and Shannon can be used as well. From Cork Airport, a short bus ride needs to be taken into town to the main bus station where there are regular bus services to Killarney (c. 1h45)

Costs per person (in pounds)

Included: accommodation, breakfast (light in hostel), mid-day lunch, evening meals, transport in and around Killarney, talks

Not included: transport to and from Killarney, drinks.

Accommodation type Room type 3 nights (Thu – Sat) 2 nights (Fri – Sat)
Hotel Double/Twin room 310 240
Single occupancy 465 355
Hostel Twin 205 155

(6 bed)

180 135

These prices are for HMS members and their family/partners. Non-members should add the cost of year’s basic Membership to the above, or better still,  join HMS from

If you have any questions, please contact Paul (

download programme here

Book here

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