Tuesday 3 August, 2021

New collaborative course on British silver

In an innovative new collaboration, the Silver Society (founded in 1958 to advance the study of silver of all periods, places and forms), the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre are to present an exciting online course on the history of British silver from the sixteenth century to the present day.

A series of talks, held over six weeks, will explore the evolution of a much-loved field of the decorative arts, illustrated by outstanding objects from collections across the world and enriched by close-up examinations of historic and contemporary masterpieces from the celebrated collection of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Each session will be presented by Lucy Morton and 2015-16, 2019-2020 Prime Warden Dr Timothy Schroder.

Each of the weekly sessions will be in two parts: beginning with a narrative chapter on the history and stylistic development of British silver, followed by a presentation focusing on a particular aspect of the history of the goldsmith’s craft.

The course will include discussions with the Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company collection, Dr Dora Thornton, Dr Robert Organ, Head of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre. A special feature of the course will be close-up visual access to the treasures of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s celebrated silver collection. Participants will be guided through topics such as silversmithing techniques, hallmarking, and fakes and forgeries.

Places can be booked via the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

Download a PDF course flyer with more information below:

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