Goldsmiths’ Company injects £10m to become Museum of London founding partner

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup, R.Y. Goodden,1953 at new Museum of London site, West Smithfield. Image -® Museum of London Collection The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

London-based livery Goldsmiths’ Company is a founding partner of the new Museum of London following a donation pledge of £10m.

The Museum of London plans to showcase the Cheapside Hoard together with highlights from the company’s world-renowned collection of historic and contemporary silver and is due to open its doors in West Smithfield in 2022.

A gallery bearing the Goldsmiths’ name will be at the heart of the museum, showcasing the Cheapside Hoard together with highlights from the company’s world-renowned collection of historic and contemporary silver.

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Prime warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Judith Cobham-Lowe, said: “We are thrilled to be playing our part in the new Museum of London as a Founding Partner. The Cheapside Hoard will be on permanent display alongside some of the best examples of the goldsmiths’ craft spanning over 450 years.”

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s landmark donation goes towards the museum’s plans to create a new home for the history of London and its people in the market buildings at West Smithfield.

The development plans follow on from the news earlier this year that the City of London Corporation and Mayor of London have together pledged £180m. Counting the donation from the Goldsmiths’ Company and its affiliated charity, the museum has £60m left to raise.

Museum of London director, Sharon Ament, said: “Historically London was the centre of the global goldsmithing trade. Today the world still looks to London, as a capital of creativity and design, for the latest jewellery and silver trends. It is a great pleasure to be working in partnership with such an august, innovative and long-standing institution as the Goldsmiths’ Company. Together we make a perfect partnership that couples ambition for the future with the long-view into the past, important qualities that will create an astounding experience for our visitors to the new Museum.”

Supporting the important work of the new Museum is part of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s programme of philanthropic activity in the decade running up to its 700th anniversary celebrations in 2027.

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