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Study Day

27 & 28 March 2017
Society of Jewellery Historians & Association for Contemporary Jewellery: Anniversary Celebration

The Society of Jewellery Historians has arranged a study day and evening reception to celebrate its 40th anniversary, in association with the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. These events will be held on the 27 and 28 March at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Both the study day and reception are open to all, with a discount for members. Tickets for the study day are £60 for members, and £80 for non-members and guests Tickets for the reception are £20. These must be booked in advance.

Guest speakers at the study day include Antiques Roadshow expert Geoffrey Munn, who will be giving a light-hearted introduction to jewellery and its significance from the Renaissance to Art Deco; and Museum of London curator, Hazel Forsyth, who will be speaking on hobby metal-detecting, the formation of the Society of Thames Mudlarks and the emergence of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

On the evening of 28 March, the Dutch collector and curator, Marjan Unger, will talk at the Society of Antiquaries about her contemporary international jewellery collection, a recent gift to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, as part of the Society’s regular lecture programme. If you wish to attend but are not a member, please email the Society to register your interest.

Also on 28 March, a series of visits have been organised to various London institutions, museums and workshops, available to members only. For more details, visit the Society of Jewellery Historians’


8 April 2017 at 6pm
Treasures of Wardour

A talk with examples by Dr Tessa Murdoch FSA, Deputy Keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass. Saturday 8th April at 6pm (approximately one hour and refreshments will be available after the talk),
Wardour Chapel, Wardour, SP3 6RH.

Tickets £10.00 from Tisbury Post Office, East Knoyle Post Office or at the door. For further information please telephone 01747 830882

3 & 28 March 2017 at 1pm
The Wallace Collection, London – Treasure of the month

Highlights of great works of art in the Wallace Collection
Silver Collar of the Gorinchem Archers’ Guild

A talk by Ada de Wit. For more details please follow this link.



19 March – 30 April 2017
Enamoured - the latest exhibition of the British Society of Enamellers

This touring exhibition is now visiting the Mid Wales Arts Centre. This beautiful and inspiring exhibition also includes a programme of workshops and artist talks. For more details please go to: or

7 April - 9 July 2017
Cockneys in Arcadia; C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden

From 7th April to 9th July, The Court Barn Museum, Chipping Camden, is holding a special exhibition “Cockneys in Arcadia; C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden” focussing on The Guild of Handicraft’s work from 1902, after they had moved to the Cotswolds.

This major exhibition of 2017 curated by experts Alan Crawford and Mary Greensted is the first to showcase C R Ashbee’s Campden period and will include the full range of Ashbee’s work during that time, as a designer of furniture, metalwork, silver, jewellery and printed books.  It will include pieces held by private lenders not seen by the public before. This is the first exhibition to showcase C.R. Ashbee’s Campden period. There have been two exhibitions before on Ashbee, one at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in 1981 which travelled to Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield and Fine Art Society, London and one at the Geffrye Museum in 1999 which concentrated on CR Ashbee in East London. It will also be the first time many of the items will have been seen by the public as we are borrowing material from a number of private collections.

12 April - 26 July 2017, 10am - 4pm
DeVroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

Goldsmiths' Hall
A celebration of artistic collaboration between renowned husband and wife team, Dutch goldsmith Leo de Vroomen and British jewellery designer and artist Ginnie de Vroomen.  

The showcase brings together over 100 pieces of De Vroomen jewels, sketches reflecting the creative process, as well as Ginnie’s vivid paintings inspired by nature and the urban landscape. Bold, sophisticated jewellery with flowing lines is placed in conversation with polychromatic abstract art.

Leo has had a long-standing relationship with the Goldsmiths' Company, having been made an Associate of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1983. Four highly accomplished De Vroomen pieces form part of the Company’s Contemporary Jewellery Collection and a De Vroomen retrospective was staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1991.



27 April – 1 May 2017
The Festival of Silver at Craft in Focus RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley
Wisley Ln, Wisley,
Woking GU23 6QB
Opening times: 9am-6pm daily; Last entry 5pm

3 – 6 May 2017
Inspired 2017 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre

The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street,
London, EC1M 5AD
Opening times: 10am-5pm daily (Saturday 10am-4pm)


New books

“Silver for Entertaining: the Ickworth Collection” by James Rothwell
One of the most important collections of eighteenth-century silver in Europe is to be found at Ickworth House in Suffolk. James Rothwell, the National Trust's adviser on silver, has undertaken a comprehensive study of the collection and the results are published this lavishly illustrated book. For full details and to order please go to 

“English Silver before the Civil War – The David Little Collection” by Dr Timothy Schroder
“A fascinating new book that uses one man’s collection to examine the social history of domestic silver from the Tudor and Early Stuart eras” Roland Arkell, Antiques Trade Gazette
For full details and to order please go to 

David Constable’s new book “Silver Spoons of Britain 1200 – 1710" was launched in September 2016
It is the history of the silver spoons of England, Scotland and Ireland chronologically by type from 1200 to 1710. There are approximately 2,260 images and 145,000 words, creating a complete reference of early spoons and their makers. Please visit David’s website to order it: There is also a special deal on his first book “The Benson Collection of Early English Spoons”.

“Silver in Georgian Dublin: Making, Selling, Consuming” by Dr Alison Fitzgerald
Published by Routledge and costs £95 from Hodges Figgis in Dublin or on  

Silversmithing prize winner 2016

Tom Asquith wins Silver Society prize and Juliet Bigley wins 2nd prize
Slideshow Photos

Silver Menu Holders

A comprehensive article on Silver Menu Holders by Professor Salter

Press Release


House of Barnard   by John P. Fallon

Boudoir Labels 1753-1965   by John Salter

Bertrand’s Toyshop in Bath: Luxury Retailing 1685-1765 by Vanessa Brett

Art in Industry – the silver of Paul Storr by Christopher Hartop

Designer British Silver – from studios established 1930 – 1985 by John Andrew & Derek Styles

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