Talks

A comprehensive programme of talks runs throughout the Fair with informative Breakfast Talks hosted by industry specialists and experts, including Dr Julia Farley, Curator of British & European Iron Age Collection, The British Museum and Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Holburne Museum. See the full programme below.

We will also be holding free afternoon talks, at 1.30pm with no need to book in advance. Once again, we’ll be offering small group tours led by Corinne Julius.

Podcasts of many of our 2016 talks are available to download. See our 2016 talks page for a full listing.

NB: A small number of Breakfast Talk tickets will be released in June, with the remainder released in July.

Breakfast Talks

Breakfast is provided from 9.30am, with talks starting promptly at 10am. Valid entry ticket required.

Wednesday 27 September
Joanna Hardy
Timeless Innovation: The Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Jewellery Collection

Jewellery expert Joanna Hardy will discuss this special exhibition of highlights from the Collection.

Thursday 28 September
Catrin Jones
Shades of Grey: Understanding the Surface of Silver

Curator of Decorative Arts at The Holburne Museum Catrin Jones, will discuss how silversmiths can transform the surface of silver by creating a range of textures and effects.

Friday 29 September
Maria Doulton
Red Carpet Jewellery

Editor-in-Chief of The Jewellery Editor, Maria Doulton, will discuss jewellery worn on the red carpet this season and how celebrity jewellery choices influence trends.

Wednesday 4 October
Jeffrey Lassaline
The Silver Trust Collection on loan to No. 10 Downing Street

Consultant Senior Specialist at Christie’s and Curator, Jeffrey Lassaline, will discuss this world-renowned collection.

Thursday 5 October
Michael Wainwright
The Boodles Story

Managing Director of Boodles, Michael Wainwright, will share the unique heritage of the brand, established over two centuries ago, and talk about some of its most iconic designs.

Friday 6 October
Dr Julia Farley
Gold in Britain 2,500 Years Ago:
A New Find of Iron Age Gold Jewellery from Staffordshire


Curator of British & European Iron Age Collections at The British Museum, Dr Julia Farley, will discuss this major new find of Iron Age gold jewellery.

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Free Afternoon Talks

Start at 1.30pm in the Court Room. Valid entry ticket required.

Wednesday 27 September
Corinne Julius, jewellery authority and curator, will discuss the poetics of jewellery with jewellers Zoe Arnold and Jonathan Boyd.

Thursday 28 September
Eleni Bide, Goldsmiths’ Company Librarian, will discuss the drawings of Omar Ramsden and the Artificers’ Guild and their connection to Arts and Crafts aesthetics and ideals.

Friday 29 September
Janice Hosegood of Cockpit Arts will discuss commissioning silver with silversmiths Shona Marsh and Brett Payne.

Saturday 30 September
Caragh McKay, Watches & Jewellery Director of Wallpaper magazine, will discuss her favourite pieces from Week One of this year’s Fair.TBC

Sunday 1 October
Christina Jansen, Managing Director of the Scottish Gallery, will talk to silversmiths Angela Cork and Rebecca de Quin about The New Abstraction special exhibition.

Wednesday 4 October
Corinne Julius will discuss new forms and finishes in silver and the joys of working in metal with silversmiths Adi Toch and Ane Christensen.

Thursday 5 October
Avril Groom, renowned luxury goods and jewellery journalist, will discuss her favourite pieces from Week Two of this year’s Fair.

Friday 6 October
Janice Hosegood will demystify the commissioning process of wedding and engagement rings with Maya Selway and David McCaul.

Saturday 7 October
Janice Hosegood will talk to jewellers Romilly Saumarez Smith, Lucie Gledhill and Anna Wales about their unique working relationship.

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Small Group Tours

Led by Corinne Julius. Free with valid entry ticket.

Thursday 28 September, 3pm
Meet at the Goldsmiths’ Fair ticket desk. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes.

You will be able to reserve your space from early July.

Thursday 5 October, 3pm
Meet at the Goldsmiths’ Fair ticket desk. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes.

You will be able to reserve your space from early July.

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