The course will cover:
Introductory Lecture. Metalwork conservation, definitions and ethics
Questions and discussion
Ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Physical/chemical properties, corrosion mechanisms
Cathodic protection. Theory and practice
Ferrous metals. The making of iron and its traditional uses
Techniques for shaping iron, surveys
Repair techniques using hot and cold processes with case studies and samples
Ironwork conservation techniques
Surface preparation and coatings
Non-ferrous metals. Overview. Surfaces: patinas, corrosion assessment, cleaning
Practical demonstration of patination
Introduction to work in progress, discussion on ethics. Electroplating
Tour of Conservation Workshops
Specifications and contract procurement
Non-ferrous metals. Traditional manufacturing methods and uses
Maintenance of metalwork
Practical session in the Forge. Hot and cold repair processes. Participants may try selected techniques
Discussion of techniques seen and done during the day
Issue of certificates and depart
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Please remember to bring work clothes and overalls for practical sessions. For your safety, it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the Forge. You must provide your own footwear. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course. An umbrella may be useful on the short walk to the Forge.
"The opportunity to be taught by a variety of highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals and also the opportunity to meet other people at the college who were so passionate and highly skilled." James, Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork student.
"The quality of the teaching and the experience of the tutors." Jessica, Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork student.
BCM Course Leader
Geoff is a consultant with over three decades' practical experience in the conservation of architectural and structural metalwork and historic machinery. He is a Founder and former Chairman of Dorothea Restorations Ltd and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.