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Silversmiths get started on Yorkshire Artspace programme

30
Oct

Friday, Oct 30, 2015

A new group of students have taken their places on the Yorkshire Artspace starter studio programme. Sheffield Assay Office has been sponsoring the silversmiths programme since 2002 and we are excited to see how this new group of participants will develop their skills and creativity over the coming months. The new participants a...

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Long-serving Martyn thrives on his Royal appointment - Meet the Team!

26
Oct

Monday, Oct 26, 2015

Martyn Brammer is Sheffield Assay Office’s longest-serving member of staff.  He has been an important member of our team here for an amazing 42 years!  He works as a sampler, which means that his main responsibilities involve testing precious metals, and no-one in our team has more experience or expertise in this field than...

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Spencer Batiste retires from being a Guardian after over 40 years’ service

23
Oct

Friday, Oct 23, 2015

On Friday 23rd October, Spencer Batiste retired from his position as a Guardian of the Sheffield Assay Office after over 40 years’ loyal service.  Spencer was appointed as a Law Clerk in 1974, succeeding Sir Douglas Branson. He was appointed as a Guardian for Sheffield Assay Office in July 1979 and took a place on the Execu...

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Assay Office Open Day is a big hit

16
Oct

Friday, Oct 16, 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 t...

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Sheffield Assay Office Analytical Services and Hallmarking Services Open Day 2015

18
Sep

Friday, Sep 18, 2015

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Heritage Open Day at Sheffield Assay Office a shining success

11
Sep

Friday, Sep 11, 2015

Heritage Open Day at Sheffield Assay Office a shining success. The Sheffield Assay Office was delighted to see such interest from the public for Heritage Open Day 2015. Over 20 people booked to visit the premises and hear about the historical practice of testing and hallmarking precious metals. The visitors travelled from far ...

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Sheffield Assay Office adapts its Nickel Testing to reflect new legislation

4
Sep

Friday, Sep 04, 2015

New legislation came into effect from 31 August for nickel testing. The new standard BS EN 1811:2011 + A1:2015 supersedes BS EN 1811:2011, which has been withdrawn.  The main changes to the nickel testing legislation effective from 31 August 2015 are as follows:  Migration limit of 0.5µg/cm2/week for articles intended ...

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The History of Silver

27
Aug

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

The History of Silver  Do you want to know more about the history of silver?  then why not join Mark Littler Silver Specialist from Tennants Auctioneers and Emma Paragreen Curator and Librarian from the Sheffield Assay Office on Thursday 29th October 2015 as they give a joint lecture on the history of hallmarking, the work of S...

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