The Silver Society Courses


In an innovative new collaboration, the Silver Society, 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 forms and styles, 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 Timothy Schroder and Lucy Morton.

What does this course cover?

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 Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company collection, 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 collection. Participants will be guided through topics such as silversmithing techniques, hallmarking, and fakes and forgeries.

Weekly course themes:

Week 1: The Tudor Period and Silversmithing Techniques

Week 2: The Seventeenth Century and Silversmithing Techniques

Week 3: Huguenot and Rococo and An Introduction to Hallmarks

Week 4: Neoclassical and Regency and Fakes and Forgeries

Week 5: The Victorian Age and Provincial Silver

Week 6: 1900 to today and Connoisseurship.

The course will be taught online through the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Zoom Webinar platform. Each session will last for 120 minutes including a 5 minute break and a Q&A session at the end.

Price: £90 for the full course. A concessionary rate of £60 is offered for members of the Silver Society, the Goldsmiths’ Company History Group and Link Members and Gold Members of the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Members of the ECSG of the Silver Society, apprentices and students are asked to pay £30.

This online course is hosted by the Silver Society with box office and technical support from the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

Booking details will be announced shortly and posted on the Silver Society and Goldsmiths’ Centre websites

Timothy Schroder: is a past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company and President of the Silver Society and has written widely on many aspects of British silver. His publications include ‘A Marvel to Behold’: Gold and Silver at the Court of Henry VIII and British and Continental Silver in the Ashmolean Museum.Lucy Morton: worked in the antique silver business throughout her career and has edited Silver Studies the Journal of the Silver Society for a number of years. She is a liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company

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