Historic Ironwork Masterclass: Conservation of Historic Railings

Historic Ironwork Masterclass: Conservation of Historic Railings

SPAB/HRP Masterclass

01/10/2019 - 01/10/2019
Course Type: 
Introductory, Intermediate, CPD
Hampton Court Palace
KT8 9AU, East Molesley
United Kingdom

£195 per person, which includes a light lunch

Event details


1 October 2019, 09.30-16.30


The SPAB are thrilled to be partnering once again with Historic Royal Palaces to bring this NEW one-day masterclass on the conservation and care of historic ironwork, using the work of Jean Tijou at Hampton Court Palace as a case study.


Combining lectures, site visits, practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops, these masterclasses are designed for those who are professionally involved with buildings (e.g. architects, surveyors, engineers, planners, builders, contractors, craftsmen and women). The masterclasses are recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). Certificates of attendance are available for delegates.


This masterclass will be led by conservation architect, Andrew Harris, and blacksmith, Paul Allen, along with an introduction from curator and historian, Susanne Groom.




Lecture: Overview of Ironwork at Hampton Court Palace:

  • Accession of William & Mary
  • The remodelling of
    Hampton Court
  • Tijou/collection at HCP, dates made, locations installed
  • Tijou’s new book of drawings
  • Tijou’s wider influence on baroque/English ironwork 


Lecture: Case study - East Front Vestibule Gates

  • Issues/condition survey/non-ferrous materials mapping, specification, operations & temporary gates
  • Paint analysis
  • Cleaning
  • Reassessment
  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Fixing methods
  • Repairs – repousse, fire welded heel tenons, journals, surface finishes
  • Record of works & findings – materials used, rose leaf stamps


Site Visit

Examples of Tijous work at Hampton Court Palace, looking at the objects in context and discussing issues and previous alterations.


Collections Store visit

Looking at previous repairs to the Tijou Screen, the current work, and approach to repair and replacement.


Practical Sessions: Repoussé leaf development

Explanation of Repoussé technique and different types of leaf

Different types of tooling

Making a leaf - Initial stage of forming on block, 2nd stage of forming using stake Opportunity to have a try


Please note: delegates will need to be prepared with sturdy footwear and suitable clothing; all other PPE will be provided on the day.


Booking Terms & Conditions

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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