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Museums Sheffield Staff visit Sheffield Assay Office

18 May 2018


Sheffield Assay Office and Museums Sheffield have worked in partnership for over18 years promoting and supporting the metalworking trades of Sheffield. 

Over the years both organisations have jointly supported exhibitions, events, talks and commissions all promoting the metalworking history of the City and contemporary silversmithing. 

Curator Emma Paragreen said “It has been a pleasure to show the Front of House staff of Museums Sheffield around the Assay Office this morning. The history and the work of the office is so relevant to the collections that are displayed in the Metalwork Gallery at Millennium Gallery and we are grateful to Museum Sheffield for displaying the Millennium Punch bowl for us”. 

The group had a talk about the history and work of the office in the Boardroom and then took a tour of the facilities to see the receipts and despatch department, sampling, hallmarking and lasermarking. 

Karen Webster, Visitor Experience Manager said “It has been a really informative morning, great to see the process of assaying and hallmarking from start to finish. I now know the history of the company and where it fits into Sheffield metalworking history. My staff have very much enjoyed the couple of hours at the Assay Office and this will be useful to them when talking to visitors at the museum”. 

To see the lasts collaborative project at Museums Sheffield visit the Millennium Gallery, where the two latest silverware commissions by Josephine Gomersall and Giles Kozdon from Yorkshire Artspace are on display in the foyer.

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