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Assay Office Open Day is a big hit

16 Oct 2015

The second Sheffield Assay Office Open day, held on 15 October was a great success with over 20 delegates attending, including jewellers, silversmiths, precious metal refiners, scrap metal merchants and bullion dealers. 

The day started with welcome refreshments in our prestigious boardroom surrounded by the oak panelling that depicts many historical hallmarks. 

Presentations included the history of the office, hallmarking and the hallmarking act of 1973. This was followed by a laboratory overview, jewellery/accessories and toy testing.  

Delegates were then led on tours of the marking hall and laboratory where they could watch articles being tested, assayed and marked.  

The morning finished with lunch in the Library, where delegates were able to network and share contacts and experience.   

Here’s a selection of comments we received from delegates on their experience: 

“Very useful and informative morning- thank you.”  

“I realise now there is a lot more to the Sheffield Assay Office than I thought!”  

“Thank you for looking after me. Lovely lunch; very friendly staff.”  

 “Well worth making the trip.”  

“Very interesting and enjoyable.”  

“A ‘sterling’ performance all round.”  

“Fab day, I learnt a lot, I was not aware of the Nickel, Lead and Cadmium testing department.”  

“Everyone has been very helpful and informative.”  

“This has been my first trip to the Sheffield Assay Office and I have really enjoyed it and found it very interesting.” 

If you would like to join us for our next Open Day, please email us – or telephone us on 0114 231 2121 for more information. 


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