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Introducing the Merchant Adventurers of York to the History of Sheffield Assay Office

Published: 18th March 2024

Introducing the Merchant Adventurers of York to the History of Sheffield Assay Office

On Thursday 29th February Sheffield Assay Office were delighted to host a visit from members of the Merchant Adventurers of York. The party was led by The Master Cutler and Chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office, Mr Charles Turner DL, and Colonel Philip Bates, Clerk of the Cutlers Company.

The group enjoyed an introduction to the history and work of the office by Emma Paragreen, Curator, Librarian and Archivist and were introduced to the work of silversmithing and jewellery by Silversmith Colette Bishop from Persistence Works, Yorkshire Artspace.

A guided tour of the facilities was followed by lunch in the library, where the group were joined by Katherine Payne of Goldsmiths North to find out more about this forthcoming Jewellery and silversmithing Fair at the Cutlers’ Hall 12 – 14th July 2024.

Picture from left to right - Emma Paragreen, Col Phil Bates, Senior Warden Richard Shaw and his wife Gill Shaw, Junior Warden Professor Sara Brown, Governor Joe Horsley and his wife Claire Horsley, Colette Bishop and Charles Turner

Learn more about the Merchant Adventurers of York here...


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