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HMS Conference: Metals used in Personal Adornment

Publication date: Apr 29, 2014 08:40 AM

Start: May 31, 2014 12:00 AM
End: Jun 01, 2014 12:00 AM

Location: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK

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This HMS conference and AGM is sure to be a fascinating one as it explores the technology of mankind's most personal and yet most visible expression of self: personal adornments and jewelry. From the most mundane of looped earrings to the elaborate and intricate goldwork of the Staffordshire Hoard, this topic covers all regions and periods of mankind's obsession with conspicuousness.

The conference will cover all metals used in the construction of jewelry and other items of personal adornments, as well as all periods, locations and cultures. This broad reach is intended to allow a very diverse view of the divergent technological approaches to the manufacture of precious objects. 

Papers covering all topics examining the the metals used, the metalworking techniques employed, as well as the adornments themselves, are all welcome.

In addition to the academic program, conference attendees will also be treated to a tour of the Museum of the Jewelry Quarter and a behind the scenes tour of the Birmingham Museum conservation department which is currently working on the Staffordshire Hoard.

The Historical Metallurgy Society AGM will be held at approximately 11.30pm on Saturday 31st May, and is free to all HMS members.

Booking forms and online payments can be made directly on the HMS conference website. For more information please contact HMSagmconf@hist-met.org or post to Eleanor Blakelock, Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, UK.

HMS Personal Adornment Conference

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