Tackle a range of issues linked to the manufacture and use of ferrous metals – chiefly wrought and cast iron technology – in Scotland’s built environment.
Study the manufacture, use and conservation of ferrous metals in Scotland’s built environment. Wrought and cast iron products are the main focus. But you will also look at the architectural use of corrugated iron sheeting and various minor steel products. Scotland’s leading role in the worldwide architectural castings industry is covered in some depth.
You will gain a practical grasp of the fundamental properties of architectural iron and steel. Combined with conservation best practice, this knowledge will enable you to plan suitable conservation and repair strategies for metalwork – using systematic surveys, accurate assessments and correct specifications and working practices. There is an emphasis on the importance of planned maintenance to slow down corrosion.
You will examine all stages involved in carrying out an ironwork repair project, and get an overview of traditional and current repair and conservation techniques. Central to the specification element of the process is learning how to conduct archival research. This can help you to identify original foundry sources and accurate pattern reproductions for a repair project.