The Goldsmiths’ Company has made a contribution of £250,000 to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee project at Westminster Abbey.
Due to open in 2018, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries is a new project in the Abbey’s medieval triforium. In addition to displaying the Abbey’s silver plate, the galleries will feature many other treasures reflecting the Abbey’s rich and varied history.
The contribution is the first major donation the Goldsmiths’ Company is making in the decade running up to the Company’s 700th anniversary celebrations in 2027. At least £70m will be donated by the company and its charity over the next 10 years in support of the goldsmith/silversmith trade, apprentice training and other charitable activities.
The gallery itself will run 70ft above the Abbey floor. Hidden to the public for over 700 years, it will give visitors magnificent views to the Palace of Westminster and into the church.
Westminster Abbey is known worldwide as a royal church but what is less well-known is that the Abbey is independent from the Church of England and receives no funding from the Church, Crown or State. It relies upon visitor income for its day-to-day running costs with major projects supported by fundraising.