Dreaming of hot metal: where industry and cultural history meet

Monument showing iron forgers at work, situated in the center of Kropa, a village in the community of Radovljica, Gorenjska, Slovenia. Photographer: Johann Jaritz, Wikimedia under GNU free documentation  license

    I was sharing a beer with a friend recently and she introduced me to a nice guy from Trbovlje who had spent 10 years working underground in the mines there. The conversation re-stirred an ongoing curiosity I have about technological heritage.  My own family history includes generations of underground miners in the North of England (for 500 years my people were troglodytes and metal … Continue reading