245 Years of History – The Private Collections of the Assay Office
Founded in 1773 The Birmingham Assay Office has been highly regarded as one of the City’s key businesses for 245 years. This talk focusses on ten Objects selected from the Private Collections of the Office which illustrate the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit which have ensured its survival. Continual changes in life style, fashion, technology, supply chain logistics and, most significantly, economic trends both global and domestic impact heavily on the jewellery and silverware industry which the Assay Office serves. The business has to continually invest and adapt to meet the changing requirements of local, national and international customers. In the 21st Century it has diversified widely beyond its statutory duty to ensure its financial stability for the future.
From the original Register of 1773 listing the items submitted for Hallmarking by its first customer, Matthew Boulton, to the impressive Guardian Timepiece inaugurated in July 2018 there are a number of significant artefacts that capture a moment in time and together chronicle the story of this unique Birmingham establishment. The talk will focus around these objects, supported by film and audio clips. Following the talk guest will be invited to view the Private Silver Collection.
Date & Time
Friday 14 Sept 2018 | 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Assay Office Birmingham, Icknield Street B18 6RZ
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