News and Events



Until 24 February 2019
Made for the Table

Contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company silver collection.
Featuring over 70 pieces of contemporary silver, the exhibition travels to the following venues: Holburne Museum, Bath 13 April -1 July; 
Goldsmiths’ Centre, London 12 July - 31 August; Osterley Park, London 5 November - 24 February 2019.


Until 13 May 2018
Charles II: Art & Power, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

The story of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule.
 The court of Charles II became the centre for artistic patronage and for the collecting of great works of art to decorate the royal apartments, to glorify the restored monarchy and to reinforce 
the position of Charles II as the rightful king. Including silver-gilt used at the King’s coronation, Old Master paintings, tapestries and silver-covered furniture, the exhibition will present the glittering court of Charles II and show the role of the arts in the reestablishment of the Stuart monarchy. Admission charges apply visit follow this link


17 January – 6 March 2018
The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council 2017 Award Winners Retrospective at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London.

Each year The Goldsmiths Crafts and Design Council hosts
 a unique national competition attracting over 600 entries from exceptionally talented and skilled UK based designers and craftsmen, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. Free. The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD.


12 March – 30 March 2018
Apprenticeship to Masterpiece - The work of Goldsmiths’ Company apprentices. The Goldsmiths Centre, London

This exhibition explores the history of apprenticeships and charts the 4- year journey of the first cohort of students on the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation Programme from the signing of their apprentice indentures to completing their time under the tutelage of their skilled Master and receiving their Freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm, Free.




14 May 2018
Precious Little Gems: Millenium Gallery, Sheffield

Precious Little Gems by Josephine Gomersal and Giles Kozdon, two of the current participants in the Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers, based at Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, Sheffield. Their new silver pieces commissioned by Sheffield Assay Office will go on display from April at the Millennium Gallery. They will give an illustrated talk, discussing what it’s like to be a silversmith in Sheffield today; their inspirations, training and design ideas and how they hope to develop their careers. Monday 14 May 2018, Free, 1- 1:45pm, Millennium Gallery Arundel Gate Sheffield, S1 2PP. follow this link


27 & 28 June 2018
Haughton International Ceramics Seminar, Diplomacy, Power and Wealth.
Christie’s, 8 King Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QT.

The extraordinary importance of ceramic, silver and sculptural items given as international diplomatic gifts through ambassadors and courts around the world from Europe, China and the Ottoman Empire will be discussed showing the power and wealth of the ruling classes and collectors in the 17th and 18th centuries and their affect on the cultural and social life of the period. There is an outstanding list of international speakers and for full details please visit the website.

Cost of the two day seminar: £68 (inc VAT).
 Cost of the two day seminar including dinner at The Athenaeum (Wed 27th June): £130 (inc VAT). 
Student tickets for two day seminar (on production of ID): £35 (inc VAT)

Booking in advance through the website is essential due to limited numbers. Tickets are on sale at


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


11 May – 23 September
Laurent Amiot, Canadian Master Silversmith
National Museum of Canada, Ottawa

This first retrospective devoted to Laurent Amiot brings together a hundred key works, as well as a selection of his drawings. For more details please go to

New books

“Artists spoons & related table cutlery, A British History of Arts & Crafts Flatware” by Simon Moore
This long awaited opus is now available. It includes newly researched information and beautiful illustrations. The book portrays the not so humble spoon and how it was affected by this amazing era of new taste, artistry and elegance.
Available from at £60 (£50 to Silver Society members)

“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



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