What’s mined is yours: making the most of our metallurgical heritage

Saturday 16 June 2018,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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The study of historical and archaeological metallurgy is arguably at a turning point. Having evolved out of the shared interests of industrial metallurgists, geologists and archaeologists, it has coalesced into a discipline in its own right.

Contemporary research is now unravelling ever more information embedded within metallurgical remains – from the aesthetic significance of objects to the valuable material information contained within degradation and manufacturing waste products that provide socio-cultural insights about trade and technologies. Helped along by technological advances, these new interpretative techniques have been driven by academic pursuits but also by an increasing public awareness of the value of our metallurgical heritage.

The challenge now lies in managing the ever-expanding mountain of material, landscapes and data available while harnessing this wave of public interest to help preserve our metallurgical past.

The British Museum and the Historical Metallurgy Society would like to invite submissions for papers and poster presentations for this one-day conference and the Society's AGM on the topic of the archaeology, conservation, analysis, and/or presentation of metallurgical heritage. A broad interpretation of this topic is welcomed, as are submissions from related fields, but we particularly encourage discussion within the following themes is particularly encouraged:
New approaches to the analysis and conservation of metallurgical remains and metallic objects
Metallurgy, metals, and museums
Metallurgical and industrial landscapes
Public involvement and engagement

Registration opens at 09.00 in the Clore Centre for Education East Foyer

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