Greetings from the Hosts

It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us in Helsinki, Finland from September 5-9 for Metal 2022, the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group.
Ring, gilded silver. KM40231:1
Ring, gilded silver. KM40231:1
Header image: KM40231:1
Ring, gilded silver
Early 1500s, Middle Ages – Early Modern Period
The Golgata theme is depicted on the head of the ring: Jesus on the cross with Virgin Mary and Apostle John standing by the cross. Leaf embellishment.
Picture: Conservation Division, National Museum of Finland

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us in Helsinki, Finland from September 5-9 for Metal 2022, the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group.

2022 marks the 10th anniversary of Interim Meetings, which means that we have been coming together for the past 30 years. As we celebrate and reflect on this milestone, we are also thrilled that this will be the first time that our meeting will be held in the Nordic Countries. Not only that, but Finland was named the happiest country in the world by the United Nations World Happiness Report in 2018, 2019, 2020 – and 2021!

The Metals Working Group is one of the largest working groups of ICOM-CC. It is also one of the most active communities of conservation professionals engaged in the preservation of metallic archaeological, ethnographic, artistic and historical objects. Members are from all regions of the world and include conservators, conservation scientists as well as corrosion scientists and archeometallurgists, amongst many other allied professions.

After nearly two years of lockdown due to an unprecedented pandemic, we are still planning for a safe in-person and virtual hybrid meeting. The decision to offer a hybrid format is another first that we believe will greatly expand inclusion and outreach and provide an alternative if an in-person meeting is not possible. We will be closely monitoring the state of the pandemic and make a final decision approximately six months before the start of the conference.  

On behalf of the Coordination Team of the Metals Working Group, the conference organizing committee, our hosts at The National Museum of Finland and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, we look forward to welcoming you to Helsinki for Metal 2022.

Kind regards,

Liisa Näsänen (Program Chair) Eero Ehanti and Heikki Häyhä

Signed by Liisa Näsänen
Liisa Näsänen
Signed by Eero Ehanti
Eero Ehanti
Signed by Heikki Häyhä
Heikki Häyhä

Paul Mardikian
Coordinator of the Metals Working Group

Signed by Paul Mardikian
Paul Mardikian
A ring-hilted sword and X-ray
A ring-hilted sword (KM 11002:5) rusted inside a wooden scabbard with bronze mountings was found in an inhumation burial from Pappilanmäki in Eura. It has been dated to the end of the 7th century. The gilded bronze parts of the hilt have been decorated with animal motives elongated into intertwined ribbons and tendrils, this decoration style is called Salin II.
Picture and x-ray: Conservation Division, National Museum of Finland.