About & Visit

Housed on the first floor of Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Library was established in the 1950s as part of the Company’s mission to promote jewellery and silversmithing.

Important update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

We can confirm that our Library and Archive is currently closed for onsite visits, but the team are available via email if people have questions about hallmarking, silver, jewellery or the history of the Company. To get in touch please email library@thegoldsmiths.co.uk

Library & Archive

Today the Library collections include over 8,000 books and over 15,000 images, magazines and journals, films, special research collections and subject files on a wide range of topics. View some highlights from the archives here, including a letter from Thomas Cromwell to the Goldsmiths’ Company, dated 1535. The Library is also responsible for the Company’s archives, which date back to the 14th century. We welcome all researchers, from students and academics to professional gold and silversmiths and the general public. We also have a reading guide for first time visitors to the Library, to help you begin your research.

The Library enquiry service is temporarily suspended and unable to answer hallmarking and genealogical enquiries. Library visitors may still book appointments using the email address library@thegoldsmiths.co.uk. Please check back to this page for further updates.

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If you would like to visit the Library, please make an appointment by telephone on 020 7606 7010 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.  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.

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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.


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.