Meetings and Events

The Society holds a number of meetings throughout the year. The Annual General Meeting is usually held in different part of the UK in May or June each year. Visits and fieldtrips form a part of many of our events and these cover a range of different activities from visiting mines, to the remains of furnaces or workshops, visiting working mills, seeing live metallurgy experiments or even going behind the scenes of museums or exhibitions. In the autumn the Research in Progress meeting provides a forum for the presentation of current, usually unpublished research. At these meeting there is an award for the best student presentation by a current or recent student (within 12 months of graduating).

HMS also manages a list of events that might be of interest to our members.

Our Next Meetings

Current Events

Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy 2.1 Conference.

Postponed until June 2021. A experimental archaeometallurgy conference with a mixture of demonstrations, practical activities…

Other Related Events

The Historical Metallurgy Society maintains a list of events that may be of interest to our members. Below are the events that we have heard about but if there are events we should be aware of or if you want your metallurgy related event listed please contact our events officer.

27/04/2020

Public Lecture

Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

Lecture: Great Metallurgical Myths of 18th Century Iron Making by Richard Williams

26/08/2020-30/08/2020

EAA Annual Meeting

Budapest, Hungary

The Annual European Association of Archaeologists conference, with many different sessions including those on archaeometallurgy.

29/06/2021-2/07/2021

Iron in Archaeology Conference

Fribourg, Switzerland

For all things iron in archaeometallurgy, hosted by the CPSA Comité pour la Sidérurgie Ancienne – the Committee for Ancient Ironworking.

Past HMS Events

Below is a time line of past events. Details can be found by clicking on the title, this includes where possible the programme, abstract book, reviews and photos. If you have any information or photographs for any of our past events feel free to email them to the HMS web team.

November 15 2019
Research In Progress Meeting

Research In Progress Meeting

Held at Cambridge University.

June 8 2019
Power and Control over Metallurgy Production

Power and Control over Metallurgy Production

Held in Reading. This meeting explored how metal production was controlled in different societies, in the UK and further afield.

November 6 2018

Research In Progress Meeting

Held at the University of York.

June 16 2018
What’s Mined is Yours: Making the most of our Metallurgical Heritage

What’s Mined is Yours: Making the most of our Metallurgical Heritage

A joint conference between HMS and the British Museum to discuss new approaches to the analysis and conservation of metallurgical remains and metallic objects.

November 9 2017
Research in Progress Meeting

Research in Progress Meeting

Held at University of Liverpool, Liverpool

June 17 2017
The metallurgy of our portable heritage

The metallurgy of our portable heritage

AGM meeting held at UCL Institute of Archaeology, London

November 29 2016
Research in Progress Meeting

Research in Progress Meeting

Held at University of Birmingham, Birmingham

June 17 2016
Anniversary of Cyfarthfa Ironworks

Anniversary of Cyfarthfa Ironworks

AGM meeting held in Merthyr Tydfil

November 13 2015
Research In Progress Meeting

Research In Progress Meeting

Held at Brunel University, London.

June 12 2015
Celebrating Street Furniture Conference

Celebrating Street Furniture Conference

AGM meeting held in Stratford upon Avon. Street furniture is a rich but much overlooked resource, and this conference was arranged to fill that void.

April 11 2015

Archives and slag collection study day

Held at Ironbridge. For more information about these days visit.

November 14 2014

Research in Progress Meeting

Held at the University of Oxford.

October 3 2014
Metallurgy in Warfare

Metallurgy in Warfare

This meeting explored the various roles that metals have taken in warfare through the ages.

September 27 2014

Archives and slag collection study day

Held at Ironbridge. For more information about these days visit.

May 31 2014
Metals used in personal adornment conference

Metals used in personal adornment conference

This meeting explored metals use in the construction of jewellery and other items of personal adornment.

April 12 2014

Irish Iron

An Archaeology Committee workshop held in Co Cork, Ireland

March 8 2014

Archives and slag collection study day

Held at Ironbridge. For more information about these days visit.

October 19 2013

100th Anniversary of Stainless Steel

This conference celebrated the fact that on the 20th August 1913, local metallurgist Harry Brearley made his first arc furnace cast of stainless steel in Sheffield.

October 10 2013
Research in Progress Meeting

Research in Progress Meeting

Held at Exeter University.

June 14 2013
HMS 50th Anniversary Conference

HMS 50th Anniversary Conference

This international academic conference was the culmination of a series of events marking the 50th Anniversary of the Historical Metallurgy Society.