BAO welcomes new Heritage and Training officer


Sally Hoban will offer education and training via Assay office.

The Birmingham Assay Office has welcomed Sally Hoban in a new role as its Heritage & Training Officer, a specialised role bringing together aspects of the history and heritage of the Assay Office with a key strand of its future development.

Hoban’s role will provide a high-quality education and training service for the professional jewellery trade and members of the public, backed by her 20-plus years’ experience in the UK antiques trade.

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She is a specialist in the history of design and has in-depth knowledge of jewellery and silver, particularly historical pieces from the Arts and Crafts Movement, and is currently working on a research project at The University of Birmingham on 19th and early 20th century women jewellers and silversmiths in Birmingham.

Hoban also has a visiting lecturer role at the University of Birmingham and is an accredited lecturer for NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies).

Hoban said of her new role: “ The Birmingham Assay Office has a fantastic history, having been founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773, and it is now the largest Assay Office in the world. We have a wonderful collection of historic, mainly Birmingham, silver which includes pieces from the 18th Century to the present day.

“We are planning to extend our programme of educational activities and tours and give greater opportunities for members of the public to visit us, for example through public silver tours and specialised day courses on discovering silver and the Arts and Crafts Movement,” she explained.

Hoban says there is much potential for the Assay Office to expand its current training offer, and says there are plans to launch a new education and heritage blog in the coming weeks as a way of sharing some of the treasures from its collection.


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