News and Events



13 October – 25 February 2018
Scotland’s Early Silver: National Museum Scotland, Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Free. Silver was the most precious metal in Scotland for a thousand years; the exhibition tells its story from the arrival of the Roman army until the dawn of the Viking Age. Featuring jewellery, vessels, coins and other finds.


14 October – 21 January 2018
NADFAS Young Silversmiths Chosen Collection, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
An exhibit of stunning contemporary drinking and pouring vessels designed and made by students of Sheffield Hallam University and sponsored by the Arts Society


4 November – 7 January 2018
Made for the Table
: Harley Gallery Workshop
Featuring over 70 pieces of contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection. Free.


6 November - 20 December, Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Shine 2017: The Goldsmiths’ Centre
An exhibition of new jewellery, silver and metalwork talent. It brings together the best up and coming jewellery brands and designer makers from across the UK. Free.




16 November 2017, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Rococo Silver: Mid eighteenth-century silver, Sheffield Assay Office, 2 Beulah Road, Sheffield, S6 2AN

Ralph Hoyle will talk about his collection of Rococo silver and make revelations about the original owners. To book a place visit


17 November, Friday 12.30 pm – 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Desire: Winchester Guildhall

Jewellery and silversmithing fair  Admission £5.00

24 and 25 November, Friday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm and Saturday 11.00 am – 5.00pm
Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop up Shop: Free. and


28 November 1.30 – 4.00 pm
Looking after your silverware: V&A

£35.00, Join Senior Conservator Donna Stevens for this afternoon session showing you how to care for your silverware.


19 January 2018, 10.30 am – 4:45pm
‘Commerce with all the World’ Being a goldsmith in the 16
th and 17th centuries. Symposium: Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN
To celebrate the landmark publication of Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London: Their Marks and Their Lives by Dr David Mitchell. The event will present new research from the author of the book and leading scholars in this field; David Mitchell, Mark Perry, Matthew Winterbottom and Michele Bimbenet- Privat , James Rothwell, Tessa Murdoch, Hazel Forsyth and Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin.

Tickets £45 including lunch and refreshments, please contact to register your interest.


Overseas Events

27 June – May 2018
New York Silver, Then and Now 
The Museum of the City of New York, USA
This exhibition brings together 24 metalsmiths, artists, and designers with silver owned by the Museum of the City of New York. The new works are paired with the historic examples.

Please follow this link for further details


6 October - 21 January 2018
"William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain"
Castello 77, 28006 Madrid.
The exhibition moves to Barcelona from 22 February - 20 May 2018
Museum Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona

The Fundacion Juan March, will be hosting the first ever Arts and Crafts exhibition in Spain.

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

The Silver Society “Best Young Silversmith” award 2017 at “Inspired”
Many congratulations to this year’s prizewinner, Patrick Davison for his seven sided silver chalice and his two boxes of mixed metal. Arthur Drysdale and Jeffrey Lassaline were the judges. Please follow this link for photographs and an article by Arthur.

Silver Menu Holders

A comprehensive article on Silver Menu Holders by Professor Salter




Friday 19 January 2018
“Commerce with all the World” - Being a goldsmith in the 16th & 17th centuries.
Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN
A one day symposium to celebrate the landmark publication of Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London: Their Marks and Their Lives by Dr David Mitchell. The symposium will explore the world in which early modern goldsmiths lived and worked.

Tickets cost £45 (including lunch & refreshments). Advance booking essential. Please contact for further details and to register your interest.

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