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Durham University

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Silver in focus

14th July 2016, 11:00 to 16:30, Durham Castle

Silver has an important social, artistic and historical value and has been the subject of admiration for centuries. Silver need not remain silent on the shelf and this study days aims to draw out the social history stories from collections whilst exploring the more practical sides of production and conservation of silverware..

to learn and discuss silver in the museum setting – ranging from how it is made, how it can be researched, ways it can be used and the kinds of stories that can be drawn out, how to look after silver collections, and also contemporary collecting of silverware.

Part of the day will explore Durham Castle’s silver and electroplate collection which relates to the Prince-Bishops, the University and to the local community, which spans from Georgian tableware, commemorative cups and trophies and impressive pieces such as a 4-branched candelabrum and more. The collection is currently undergoing a detailed audit and storage project to improve access to and understanding of the collection for the community – both of locals and students.

Speakers include: -

  • Helen Clifford (Swaledale Museum; Warwick University; Goldsmiths’ Company)
  • Rachael Metcalfe (Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums)
  • Gemma Lewis (Durham University; Durham Castle Museum)
  • Sophie Ridley (Durham University; University College)
  • Chris Knight (Silversmith; Sheffield Hallam University; Goldsmiths’ Company)

All are welcome to attend, but spaces are limited.

Contact gemma.lewis@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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