Event timed to coincide with British Silver Week in June.

The Birmingham Assay Office (BAO) has teamed up with British Silver Week to offer a one-day-only opening of its silver collections to the public.

The event will take place on Wednesday June 20th and is one of two public-focused events that the BAO is running during British Silver Week.


Its silver collection includes items more than 240 years old through to contemporary silverware from the past decade.

Guests attending the opening will be given a guided tour around the exhibition, via one of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter’s most traditional industrial streets, and onto the Victorian Assay Office building.

The exhibition will take place at 10.30am and 1pm on the day, with just 25 places for each session, meaning guests are encouraged to book in advance.

The BAO show is part of the celebrations for British Silver Week which has itself blossomed into the Festival of Silver.

The Birmingham Assay Office will also sponsor five silversmiths, recently qualified from the Birmingham School of Jewellery, in their participation in a show at Cookson Precious Metals in the Jewellery Quarter.

Christopher Hay, Drew Markou, Jemma Daniels, Ryan McClean and Simon Pattison will show contemporary pieces at a selling exhibition in the showroom of Cooksons on Vittoria Street, Birmingham, from June 18 to 22.