The conservation of metalwork is a specialist task. If an object is showing signs of damage you should contact a professionally accredited conservator to inspect it and advise you on required treatments. You can obtain details of accredited conservators on the Conservation Register website (click here to access the Register).
Some conservators may charge for visits and the preparation of conservation reports but we can help you with a grant for this initial work. Our grants also support conservation projects.
The conservation of significant itemsis likely to require formal approval. If you are a church, contact your Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) Secretary at an early stage about a faculty. If you are a cathedral please contact your Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC) for advice in the first instance. Click on the links for more information about DACs and FACs.
More information on the conservation of historic ironwork can be found on the National Heritage Ironwork Group website, including commissioing guidelines. For more information on the conservation of church ironwork please contact us.