Silver Trade Gets Fresh Look from Pounds 15,000 Deal; THRIVE

The Birmingham Post (England), January 15, 2009 | Go to article overview
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Silver Trade Gets Fresh Look from Pounds 15,000 Deal; THRIVE


The historic Birmingham Assay Office has joined forces with mac in a partnership to support the refurbishment of the arts centre's Jewellery Studio.

The partnership, worthpounds 15,000, forms part of The Birmingham Assay Office's commitment to supporting jewellery makers in the city and comes as mac is undertaking the pounds 14.8 million building project which will dramatically improve facilities on the Cannon Hill site.

With the support of The Birmingham Assay Office, mac will be able to update the facilities and environment in its popular Jewellery Studio, including installing ventilation systems for the first time and improving the space by repairing the original quarry-tile floor, repainting walls and ceilings and refurbishing existing tools and machinery.

It will be named 'The Birmingham Assay Office Jewellery Studio' and offer established and emerging jewellery makers a much-needed facility to develop their craft.

In 2009, The Birmingham Assay Office commemorates the bi-centenary of the death of Matthew Boulton. Hefounded the Office in 1773, when silver smithing first started to boom in the city. It has grown to be the world's largest Assay Office, and applies hallmarks to approximately 10 million metal articles each year. mac has offered classes in jewellery making for several decades and its facilities have been used regularly by established designer-makers, emerging jewellers, adults attending classes, young people through the formal education system and children and families through school holiday and weekend classes.

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