British Silver: An Introduction

20 Oct 2021 - 24 Nov 2021 · Weekly 4PM - 6PM
£90 (Discounts available)
Wed 20, 27 October [GMT+1] 3, 10, 17, 24 November [GMT]
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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.

What does this course cover?

Each of the weekly sessions will be presented by Lucy Morton and Timothy Schroder and 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 celebrated silver 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 (1)
Week 2: The Seventeenth Century and Silversmithing Techniques (2)
Week 3: Huguenot and Rococo, and Introduction to Hallmarks
Week 4: Neoclassical and Regency, and Fakes and Forgeries
Week 5: The Victorian Age, and Regional 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.

The Bowes Cup, 1554, maker’s mark: a crowned monogram © The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
The Cup, 1493, maker’s mark: an escallop below a baton © The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

What is the price of this course?

£60 - Price for members of the Silver Society, the Goldsmiths’ Company History Group and Link Members and Gold Members of the Goldsmiths’ Centre
£30 - Price for members of the ECSG of the Silver Society, apprentices and students

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

Who are the speakers?

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.


The Silver Society was founded in 1958 to advance the study of silver of all periods and origin. An international organisation its object is to widen the appreciation and knowledge of works in silver including plated wares and other precious metals.

Lead image credit: ‘Spiritus’ Centrepiece, 2010, maker’s mark of Theresa Nguyen © The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths