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Historical Metallurgy Society AGM 2014 – Metals used in Personal Adornment

31st May – 1st June 2014
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.

**1st Call for Papers**

HMS Personal Adornment Conference

For many centuries metal, especially precious metals, has been the dominate material used in the construction of jewellery and other items of personal adornment. The basic form of personal adornment varies over time, location and culture. This influences not only the style of the pieces but also impacts the method of manufacture.

This conference therefore provides an opportunity examine the metals used and the metalworking techniques carried out to produce these pieces. Papers are welcome on topics covering all aspects of metal use and manufacture of items of personal adornment (or specifically jewellery) from any period, location or culture.

Abstracts for papers should be submitted by the 6th of January. They should be no more than 250 words and should be sent to HMSagmconf@hist-met.org. A single picture can also be provided for the abstract book. Please indicate the name and affiliation of all the authors and indicate the presenting author in bold letters.

As part of the conference there will be a tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, and a behind the scenes tour of the Birmingham Museum conservation department where they are working on the Staffordshire Hoard.

The booking form will be available HERE, with online payment for the conference to follow.

The programme will be announced in early February. 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.

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