Friday 15 December, 2017
The Goldsmiths' Company appoints a new Curator
The Goldsmiths’ Company has appointed Dr Dora Thornton as Curator of its Collection of Antique and Contemporary Silver, Modern Jewellery, and Art Medals. She will take up her new role in March 2018.
Dr Thornton is joining the Goldsmiths’ Company from a distinguished career at the British Museum. An expert on Renaissance Europe, she has researched, published and lectured in this field, with a focus on treasures dating from 1500-1660. As the Museum’s Curator of Renaissance Europe and the Waddesdon Bequest, Dr Thornton led the launch of the Waddesdon Bequest Gallery in 2015, and curated the acclaimed exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World in 2012.
Dr Thornton holds an MA Hons in Modern History from St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She completed both an MPhil on The Renaissance (Combined Historical Studies); and a PhD, The Study Room in Renaissance Italy, with particular reference to Venice 1560-1620, at the Warburg Institute, London.
Dr Thornton said: “I greatly look forward to joining the Goldsmiths’ Company as it launches an ambitious programme leading up to the celebration of the 700th anniversary of its first Royal Charter in 2027. The Company is committed to expanding its wide-ranging support for contemporary silver and jewellery as well as to opening its important historic Collection to a wider audience. Its recent commitment to become a Founding Partner of the new Museum of London to be built in Smithfield presents a unique opportunity to develop still further the Company’s impressive contribution to our national life. It is an exciting prospect.”