About & Visit


The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Library and Archive cares for a unique collection relating to the jewellery and silversmithing industries. It is open to all who are researching the past, the present, or creating the future of our trade.


Important update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Our library and archive is currently closed for onsite visits, but the team are available via email or phone if you have questions about hallmarking, silver, jewellery or the history of the Company. To get in touch please email the.library@thegoldsmiths.co.uk  

About the Library and Archive 

Housed on the first floor of Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, the Library was established in the 1950s as part of the Company’s mission to promote jewellery and silversmithing. Today we host hundreds of visitors a year who range from jewellers and goldsmiths to academics and genealogists.  Below you’ll find information about how to visit and contact us.   

Our library collections include over 8,000 books and more than 15,000 images. Other resources include journals, films and special research collections such as the Twining Collection on regalia and royal jewellery.  

You can find out more about our library holdings here.  

The Library is also responsible for the Company’s archives, which date back to the 14th century. The archives include the corporate records of the Goldsmiths’ Company and acquired collections related to the goldsmithing and silversmithing industry in the UK. View some highlights from the archives here, including a letter from Thomas Cromwell to the Goldsmiths’ Company, dated 1535. 

You can find out more about our archive holdings here.  

Opening Times 

The Library is open between 10 am and 4.45 pm, Monday to Wednesday, apart from August when it is closed for archival and stock maintenance. 

Visit Us 

If you would like to visit the Library, please make an appointment by telephone on 020 7606 7010, email us at the.library@thegoldsmiths.co.uk or contact us using the form below.  

To help you get the most out of your visit, staff can discuss your research with you in advance and provide relevant material when you arrive. We also have a reading guide for first time visitors to the Library, to help you begin your research. 

Social Media 

You can contact us via Twitter or Instagram @GoldsmithsCo using the hashtag #GoldsmithsCoLibrary.  

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Highlights from the Archives

The Company’s archives date back to the 14th century, and the Library's collections include over 8,000 books and over 15,000 images, magazines, journals, films and special research collections.

Collections

Internationally recognised, the Goldsmiths’ Company has one of the finest collections of silver made in Britain, numbering some 8,000 examples from 1350 to the present day.

History of the Company

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327.