Political Jewellery through History

28 Oct 2024 · 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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Badges, brooches, rings and pins have all been used to send a message about political affiliation and belief. Whether it is the red, white and green of the suffragette movement, the coded jewels of the eighteenth century Jacobites or the protest badges of the late twentieth century. jewellery is perfectly placed to send a message of patriotism or revolutionary sympathies.

Join Rachel Church for an exploration of this fascinating area of jewellery history. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and join in the conversation.


We run our events in person at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and online, so that as many of our community as possible can exchange ideas, learn from industry experts, and form valuable connections across the UK. We do not record these events, or broadcast them when they are in person, to encourage the open sharing of ideas and experiences and preserve confidentiality. Popular topics will be repeated over time.

Who is the speaker?

Rachel Church has written and lectured widely on jewellery history and design. She is the author of 'Rings' (V&A/ Thames and Hudson 2011 and 2017) and 'Brooches and Badges' (V&A/ Thames and Hudson 2019). She has worked as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was part of the team which redeveloped the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery.