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Sheffield Assay Office: Out and About

Published: 26th April 2023

Earlier in the month, our Curator, Archivist and Librarian, Emma Paragreen attended a special conference titled ‘At Home with Silver', organised by Scottish Goldsmiths Trust in partnership with The Marchmont Estate.


The conference brought together the silversmithing industry, as well as curators and supporters to celebrate the opening of the Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop. Woven throughout the day was the passing on of skills and knowledge embodied by the late silversmith Graham Stuart, who gifted the entire contents of his workshop to the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust in 2020. 

This special day ended by visiting and witnessing the official opening of the new silversmithing workshop, where former Sheffield silversmith, Ryan McClean has taken up residency as Master Silversmith.

We would like to wish him and his fellow silversmiths every success in their new studio!

Also this month, our team were delighted to attend the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards exhibition at Birmingham Assay Office.

It was wonderful to see that several Sheffield registered designer silversmiths and jewellers had won awards, including Benjamin Ryan (necklace pictured below) and Chris Boland (decanter pictured below).


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.

To find out more about the whole range of services offered by Sheffield Assay Office, such as our hallmarking and analytical services, please email us at or complete the contact form on our website at,

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