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Leaving a Lasting Legacy at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Published: 24th May 2023

A wonderful evening was had with the Trustees of the Sheffield Botanical Garden Trust, Assay Master, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office at the reception at Sheffield Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 16th May.

The special event celebrated the recent refurbishment of the pavilions and garden fountain. Speeches were given by Professor Dame Hilary Chapman, H.M Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Miles Stephenson and Charles Turner.


The garden fountain was refurbished over 20 years ago by Sheffield Assay Office and therefore, our Executives and Guardians were delighted to be approached about supporting the recent conservation work. Ashley Carson said ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the Sheffield Assay Office’s 250th anniversary year, the fountain looks wonderful’.

A laser engraved plaque has been attached to the stone work surrounding the fountain marking the occasion.

The Sheffield Assay Office team also had a stand promoting their work and distributed promotional material to guests. The weather was glorious and an enjoyable drinks and canapes reception, accompanied by music from the schools musicians, added to a superb evening.

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

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