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Jewellery design company 'most impressed' by Assay Office Talk and Tour

06 Jun 2014

More than 20 people attended the public talk and tour at Sheffield Assay Office in June, with many visitors travelling from as far as Lincoln, Ilkley and Harrogate to attend the well-respected event.

Amongst the audience were three members of staff from a Nottingham jewellery design company who were keen to share their knowledge with the rest of the group. Cathy Stephens of Cathy Stephens Design Jewellery, Nottingham wrote "Thank you very much for a most educational visit for my three members of staff, they were most impressed with all that they saw, especially the speed at which the punch we have registered with you was located in punch control” I am most grateful to you."

Emma Paragreen, Curator and Librarian at England's most northern Assay Office, provided an illustrated talk on the history of Assay Offices, followed by a tour of the premises. During the visit items from the silver collection were available to handle along with archive material and trade catalogues showing  products made by some of the eminent Sheffield silversmiths, Mappin and Webb, James Dixon and Sons and Walker and Hall. 

 Silver Collection at Sheffield Assay Office

Shirley Adams, a Silversmith registered at Sheffield Assay Office wrote “I really enjoyed the tour, it was very interesting and I have to say that you presented it very well”  and a thank you note from Patrick Rowlandson of Lincoln read “Thank you for your interesting talk last Friday. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The visit to the shop floor was an added bonus since we couldn't do it when we visited the Birmingham Assay Office” .

Why not come along to one of our fascinating tours, either as an individual or as a group. The next public event will be held on Friday 12th September 2014 from 10 – 12:30pm for a charge of just £10.00 per person including tea and coffee.  

Call us on 0114 2312121 or email for further details. Group visits can be arranged for a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 people.


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