Assay Office Birmingham held a farewell drinks reception to its historic headquarters on Newhall Street as it prepared to pack up and move to its brand new facility this summer.
The current Assay Office team welcomed customers and VIP guests to the celebration, which also marked the successful completion and launch of a year-long Heritage Lottery Funded project that recounts the history of Assay Office Birmingham and its iconic Jewellery Quarter building.
The project has led to the creation of the recently-launched Assay Archives website, showcasing Assay Office Birmingham’s entire private silver collection and making its library catalogue available to browse online.
Attendees at the launch event included representatives from Heritage Lottery Fund’s West Midlands Committee, the University of Birmingham, the V&A Museum, Lunar Society, staff that had been employed to deliver the project and many of those interviewed for the oral history project. These included Roy Smith who was recruited by Assay Office Birmingham in 1946, current employees, former Warden Patrick Fuller and long-standing customers Steve Millington, Stephen Alabaster and Andrew Morton.
Assay Office Birmingham will move to its new purpose-built premises on Moreton Street, remaining in the Jewellery Quarter to keep heritage at the heart of its business.