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Mr Jeremy Hodgkinson

Honorary Research Fellow

Until retirement in 2006, my career has been in main-stream primary education, but my research interests are in the iron industry of the Weald of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, focussing on the 18th century, and in cast-iron firebacks. For more than 30 years I have lectured, primarily about the iron industry, at conferences and to local societies and adult education audiences, in small part as an Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex. I have also appeared in a specialist role on radio and television. I gained my MA in Regional & Local History from the University of Brighton in 1993. I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and have been a member of the Councils of the Sussex Archaeological Society and the Historical Metallurgy Society. I was Chairman of the Wealden Iron Research Group for 24 years and am now its Honorary Editor. I am the author of two books: The Wealden Iron Industry, published in 2008 (The History Press), and British Cast-Iron Firebacks, published in 2010 (HodgersBooks), and recently co-edited Adventure in Iron, by Brian Awty published in 2019 by the Wealden Iron Research Group.

Research interests

The iron industry in the Weald of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, especially in the 18th century

British cast-iron firebacks