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"Boulton would be proud" Assay Office Talk - a glittering stroll down Assay...

“Boulton would be proud” provides an overview of the long history and success of Birmingham Assay Office
since it was founded as a result of Matthew Boulton’s efforts in 1773.

The talk will take a glimpse back into the early history of the Office, the reasons Boulton fought so hard for it and the factors which have driven its growth and survival over the past 243 years. The main focus will be on the last two decades and the changing market and landscape which have required the Assay Office to reinvent itself as the AnchorCert Group in a brand new building, within the Jewellery Quarter. The Assay Office is the last remaining enterprise founded by Boulton and he would indeed be proud of the continuing passion, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, which drives the Assay Office from strength to strength. The talk will be delivered by Marion Wilson who joined the Birmingham Assay Office in 2000. The Assay Office has a private Silver Collection and Library and visitors will be able to browse these at the end of the visit. Visitors will also be among the first to appreciate the impressive 'Guardian Timpiece', recently installed above the foyer. A unique collaboration between Birmingham's most gifted metalworkers and academics has created this stunning 21st century piece which embraces art and science and celebrates the enduring innovation, creativity and skill for which the Jewellery Quarter is so famous. Programme: 10:30am: Arrival – tea, coffee & biscuits, available in the Conference Room 10:45am: “Boulton would be proud” - talk from Marion Wilson, Director of AnchorCert Academy, Assay Office Birmingham 12:10pm: A visit to the Silver Collection with some items from the Library and archives also on display 12:30pm: Finish

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Fri 16 Oct 2020
10:30 - 12:30


£17.50 per person


AnchorCert Group (home to the Assay Office Birmingham)
Icknield Street
B18 6RZ

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