Membership of The Silver Society

Members of The Silver Society are collectors, authors, museum staff, researchers, dealers, auctioneers, working silversmiths and other interested individuals who share a common interest in silver. Membership is international with more than a third living outside the United Kingdom. We aim to keep members in touch with the ever-widening study of silver of all periods, places and forms.

We publish an annual journal Silver Studies, to which it is possible to subscribe without being a full member of the Society. It contains a wide range of articles and it is recognised internationally as the most valuable specialist publication for the study of silver. Much of the new research carried out in recent years has been published in the journal. Most back issues are available for purchase.

For members the Society holds about five meetings in London each year, at which lectures are given on new research, but they can also be devoted to discussions and to inspection of objects. All members receive a copy of our Journal. Visits and events are organized several times a year, both in the UK and abroad, to see public and private collections. A newsletter is circulated to members three times a year and information about the Society’s activities is available in the member area of the website.

The membership year is the calendar year (i.e. starts on 1 January).

There are four categories of membership:


Annual subscription: £55 reduced to £50 if paid by standing order
A member is entitled to attend and vote at all Society meetings, to receive the Journal and Newsletter and use the research area of this website. A member is welcome to join in visits and other events (subject to any space restrictions), for which there is usually a modest fee.

When joining the Society as a Member or a Joint Member (below), it is helpful if you are supported by a current member, if it all possible. Alternatively you could become a provisional member for a year before full membership. Please ask the secretary for details of provisional membership, and for any further information you may need. We do not issue a membership list.

Joint Member

Annual subscription: £70 reduced to £65 if paid by standing order
This category is the same as above, except that you can nominate another person within your family (broadly interpreted) to be a joint member. You are both able to attend all the Society’s meetings and visits but only the ‘lead’ member can vote (eg at the AGM). You will receive one set of mailings (Journal and Newsletter).

Institutional member

Annual subscription: £70 reduced to £65 if paid by standing order
The institution has the same rights as a Member and to receive one copy of the Journal and Newsletter. One member of the institution needs to be nominated as the ‘lead member’ and main contact, but up to 3 other members of the institution can also be nominated. All four people are able to attend Silver Society meetings, events and visits, as well as receive the Newsletter via email. The lead member has the right to vote as a member of the Society, on behalf of the institution.

The Early Career Silver Group (ECSG)

Early Career Silver Group (ECSG) Member

This is a special category for people under the age of 35 at the start of the subscription year (who would like to be part of this group) or anyone who is changing career or embarking in post graduate studies, regardless of their age. Benefits are the same as for a Member (see above) in addition to access to special ECSG events and opportunities
Annual subscription £30.

Journal Subscriber

It is also possible to subscribe to the annual journal Silver Studies without being a full member. The subscription year starts on 1 June.
Annual subscription £25 (UK based) or £32 (based outside the UK)