Historic photograph of the Blists Hill Furnaces - Ironbridge

The Historical Metallurgy Society (HMS) provides a forum for the exchange of information and research in historical metallurgy. It aims to gain recognition for the subject from the community at large and to be consulted when issues of preservation and recording arise. The collections and archives of HMS are stored by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

HMS Library

The HMS Library consists of books, pamphlets and leaflets that have been donated to the Society. Many of the books concern the history of metallurgy and include out of print and rare titles. They are held in the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust library. 

Click here to access the HMS Library catalogue.

To access the HMS Library please contact library@ironbridge.org.uk


HMS Archive

The Historical Metallurgy Society holds two main groups of archive records.

The first relates to its own activities as well as other historical documents. This includes the papers of Charles Blick who served as HMS Conservation Officer from 1970-1991. The Society received a grant from the Awards for All England Joint Pot programme to catalogue these papers. A catalogue of the papers deposited up to 2005 can be downloaded here.

The second group is the Tylecote papers which comprise a substantial body of notes, photographs and other written material amassed by Ronnie Tylecote and donated to the Society. A list of these papers is available to download here.

These archives are stored in the library of the IGMT Library. To access the HMS Library please contact library@ironbridge.org.uk

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