Hand engraver scores Lifetime Achievement Award

Lord Mayor of Birmingham presents Malcolm Appleby MBE with title.

Internationally acclaimed engraver Malcolm Appleby MBE was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award on January 24 by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham on behalf of the Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain.

Appleby was presented with his special award at the ‘Training the Trainers’ event in Birmingham, which was attended by a line-up of the UK’s most talented silversmiths, jewellers and engravers. The event focused on discussing the needs of hand engravers and laying plans for the training of future engravers.

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The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Shafique Shah attended the event and awarded The Hand Engravers Association Lifetime Achievement Award to Appleby, who has been engraving for over 50 years.

Appleby, who was awarded an MBE for his services to hand engraving and heritage crafts in 2014, is recognised as one of the finest engravers and silversmiths in the world.

On receiving his award, Appleby said: "It was a lovely gathering of professional engravers from all fields of the skill and art and a humbling honour to be presented the lifetime achievement. All things said, however, it is not an obituary; I have no intention of stopping!"

Throughout the event, The Hand Engravers Association highlighted the importance of recognising and promoting the highest level of skill, craftsmanship and design used with hand engraving both now and in to the future. Celebrating the extraordinary quality of work in the United Kingdom and also ensuring that it is recognised internationally.

Chris Rowley of the Hand Engravers Association said:"The art of hand engraving is at a pivotal point in its history. Practitioners of this skill are busier than ever. However with over 40% reaching retirement age, there is a need to find practical ways to pass on these skills, maintain diversity and enable the next generation of hand engravers to provide a much sought after technique."

The event celebrating the art of Hand Engraving was held at The Drop Forge in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and was hosted by The Hand Engravers Association (HEA) and jointly supported by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.