Conférence 2014 – Historical Metallurgy Society

Conférence annuelle 2014 de l’Historical Metallurgy Society.
“Metallurgy in warfare – A spur to innovation and development”.
3 – 5 octobre 2014.
City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire – Angleterre.
The 2014 annual conference is timed to coincide with commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War – “The Great War” of its generation.

Salisbury has been chosen as the venue because of its convenient location for many military museums, two of them associated with weapons inconceivable without metals, the Bovington Tank Museum, and the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop. Sunday 5th Oct will be available for Museum Visits. Salisbury City Hall is itself a Memorial Hall for the Second World War.

The scope of the conference is not limited to any particular historical or pre-historical period. Although any relevant contribution will be considered, the organisers are particularly hoping for papers on the following themes:

– Developments in metallurgy arising from particular military needs.
– Developments in weapons or military organisation arising from metallurgical innovation.

– Developments in the organisation and management of metal/metal artefact production required as a result of urgent military demands.

Offers of papers or posters are welcome on any of these themes.  The conference language will be English. There will be facilities available for posters and time will be allocated for a poster session. The maximum size for posters is A0 (841 x 1189mm – upright/portrait format).

Abstracts for papers and posters should be submitted by 28th February 2014. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to HMSannualconf[at] in Word format and should be no longer than 250 words. Please include the name and affiliation of all authors and indicate the presenting author in bold letters.

Alternatively you can send abstracts by mail to:
Eddie Birch, 1 Fields End, Oxspring, Sheffield, S36 8WH

For more information please contact mejbirch[at] or HMSannualconf[at]

Booking forms will be available online from early 2014.

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