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Events - New This Season - Spring 2015

5
Dec

Friday, Dec 05, 2014

The Sheffield Assay Office Spring programme is brimming with events for individuals and groups with an interest in precious metals, history, local history, arts and crafts, design, science and technology. This comprehensive programme has something for everyone, from general tours and talks to informative valuation days. For mo...

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Meet the team – Danny Smith

25
Nov

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Danny Smith originally joined Sheffield Wednesday FC straight from school as an apprentice and had a year as a professional footballer. Unfortunately for him he didn’t make the grade long-term, but football’s loss was our gain and he swapped chasing silverware for hallmarking silverware when he joined Sheffield Assay Office 16 y...

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Exploring the history of silver at Tennants Auctioneers

21
Nov

Friday, Nov 21, 2014

On Thursday 6th November, Sheffield Assay Office’s Curator and Librarian Emma Paragreen joined Mark Littler of the Silver Department at Tennants Auctioneers to give a joint lecture on the history of hallmarking and the work of Sheffield Assay Office followed by the development of styles in silver from 1600–1900. The lecture was ...

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Analytical Services supporting Children in Need

14
Nov

Friday, Nov 14, 2014

One of senior chemists from Analytical Services team, Caroline Leng, has been baking for 3 days to prepare 192 cup cakes, 72 gingermen and 48 cookies to feed whole Sheffield Office team and families.  All money raised will go to children in need. Big thanks to Caroline!  ...

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There’s nothing scary about our Halloween Hallmarks!

7
Nov

Friday, Nov 07, 2014

Do you have a piece of jewellery that you’d like to know more about? Are you inquisitive about a family heirloom and keen to establish how old it is and what it’s made of? At Sheffield Assay Office we offer enquiry days where Emma Paragreen our Curator and Librarian and Matthew Hawker our Quality Manager examine objects brought...

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EU legislation under review to implement Minamata Convention on Mercury

31
Oct

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, signed in October 2013, is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The major highlights of the Minamata Convention include a ban on new mercury mines, the phasing out of existing ones, control measures on air emissions and the...

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Jeweller fined thousands for flouting Hallmarking laws

24
Oct

Friday, Oct 24, 2014

A jewellery shop in Wembley and its former company director have been fined for selling goods without the required hallmarks. Officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards found that Rathy Jewellers Limited, in Ealing Road was selling more than 50 gold, platinum and palladium rings without the legally required mark to prove t...

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Meet the Team - Paul Whitehead (Furnace Team Leader)

17
Oct

Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Unlike some of the recent employees we have featured in our ‘Meet the team’ articles, Paul Whitehead is definitely not a new face! In fact, he started out at Sheffield Assay Office as a junior assayer after joining us straight from school. He rose steadily through the ranks over the years and now thoroughly enjoys his role as F...

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