Frequently Asks Questions

If you have any questions not covered by those below please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Do I have to register to become a member?

Yes, to become a member you need to register using our website. This comes with the benefits mentioned below. We have decided that new members need to subscribe using our website as this will allow members to keep their own contact details up to date, and allow us to communicate with you more easily.

If you want to donate to the cause without registering you can use the donation facility on the grants page.

What do you do with my details?

We only ever use the information you provide when becoming member to provide you with the benefits of your membership. We will never share your details with anyone outside of HMS for other purposes, and will not allow your details to be used for commercial purposes (for advertising or otherwise).

HMS will use your email address as the primary method of contact, so please give an email address that you check fairly regularly. We may occasionally write to you or give you a call using your phone number provided, if we can’t contact you by email.

Do I have to re-register if I was registered on the old website?

If HMS holds a record of you email address you don’t have to re-register. However, if you have not previously logged-in, or if you have forgotten your password  you will have to use the facility for renewing your password. This appears when you click on the log-in button.

There are a few members for whom there is no record of a valid email address. It would be really helpful if you could contact us via

However, if you pay your subscription by standing order your membership will continue, even if you don’t re-register.

What do I get for being a member?

You get to be part of a community, and we are constantly looking for ways to enhance membership. HMS is a valuable network.

You will be supporting the publication of the journal Historical Metallurgy.

There are also discounts for HMS members at our conferences.

What if I am a lapsed member?

If your membership has lapsed, renewal is easy. Just click the log-in button and, if your email is on record you can rejoin like any member who renews their membership.

To make up your missing subscription subscription you can add a donation to your subscription at the basket before paying.

What does my membership help pay for?

As well as supporting the costs of running the society (journal, conferences and so on) your subscriptions also go to further our charitable purposes. General funds are usually reserved for the functions of the society but are also sometimes used to top up research grants, student prizes and other work related to the history of metallurgy and metals.

I don’t want to pay using PayPal, is there another way?

The HMS website supports a number of payment systems.

In addition to on-line payments (cards and direct transfers) the system also allows for standing orders and cheques.

If you decide to pay by cheque the syetem will remember all the relevant details: your membership will be validated when the cheque clears the HMS bank account.

Can I change my contact details?

Yes, simply log in (top right) or by clicking here. On your membership page you will find options for changing your email address, password, address among other details.

I have forgotten my password can you help?

If you don’t have your password (or if you have never had one) go to “log in”. You can do this from the membership renewal page or from the top right of the home page.

You will need the email address you supplied when you joined the society. The system will automatically email you a new email and username confirmation message.

If you have never given HMS an email address or have stopped using the address you used to have, please notify 

You will then be contacted with new log in details.

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