The Goldsmiths' Centre Story
The Goldsmiths’ Centre started life in 2007, when the Goldsmiths’ Company decided to create a hub where trainee and professional jewellers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and anyone interested in goldsmithing could learn, meet and work in one community.
It was developed in direct response to the decline of vocational training opportunities within the jewellery trade and the difficulties experienced by people keen to join the industry after Higher Education.
The Goldsmiths’ Company partnered with the City Fringe Partnership and the former London Development Agency to bring its dreams to life in a state of the art, multi-functional centre in the heart of Clerkenwell’s creative quarter.
An existing Grade II Listed Victorian London Board School was restored to accommodate professional training space, offices, meeting space and a café, and a new, four-storey building was constructed on the same site to house workshops, subsidised starter studios and stunning rooms for event, conference and meeting hire. A glass atrium joins the two unique buildings to create an award-winning architectural space.
Opened by HRH Princess Alexandra, in April 2012, the Centre is the place to come for anyone with an interest in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied crafts; in nurturing the craftspeople of the future; and in creating a sustainable creative economy in the UK.