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1st Edition

Conservation of Architectural Ironwork

ISBN 9780367873776
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

The peak of architectural ironwork in the 19th Century saw the spread of ornate decorative ironwork across the world. In recent years there has been a significant increase in conservation and restoration projects aiming to protect the artistry of traditional ironwork for future generations. Conservation of Architectural Ironwork is the first book to provide a complete guide to the conservation and maintenance of traditional architectural ironwork.

First introducing the contextual history and key material features of architectural ironwork, the book goes on to guide readers through the management and delivery of conservation projects from start to finish, explaining the very latest in conservation technology. At its peak, architectural ironwork was used on a vast global scale in buildings, bridges, street furniture and ornamental structures. With international case studies and detailed illustrations, this book will be an essential reference for heritage professionals and students of architectural conservation around the world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  Introduction.  1. History  2. Materials  3. Decay Mechanisms and Hazards  4. Survey and Research  5. Managing an Architectural Ironwork Project  6. Intervention  7. Replication of Architectural Ironwork  8. Characteristics and Common Issues  Bibliography.  Other Sources.  Glossary.  Index

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David S. Mitchell has worked in ironwork conservation for over 20 years and is currently Director of Conservation for Historic Environment Scotland, the national heritage body in Scotland.


A well-thumbed copy of Conservation of Architectural Ironwork should be found on the shelves of all conservation practitioners. The philosophically robust, yet practical approach not only  provides a sound framework for the conservation of iron structures, it has a much wider potential application as a benchmark for developing approaches to the conservation of modern component-based buildings.

Robert Chambers, director of Chambers Conservation, Chester
Context 157: November 2018