Galleries

Galleries FROM ANCHORCERT ACADEMY

Amazing picture sets taken from events at the Academy

 

Our Galleries

The Guardian TimePiece
Sep
25
The Guardian Timepiece was unveiled in front of current and retired Birmingham Assay Office employees, Wardens and Guardians of the Standard Wrought Plate in Birmingham, alongside invited respected guests from across the UK Jewellery trade and Birmingham business and media sectors. Designed collaboratively by Martyn Pugh and Wally Gilbert with research by modern-day alchemist Dr Simon Plant of the University of Birmingham, the Timepiece is based on the structure of Au147, a gold atom synthesised by the University's Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory. The structure consists of icosahedral shells whose forms are ancient platonic solids that contain  golden section geometry, thus representing timeless mathematical and atomic constants,  the colours representing the four precious metals of gold, silver, platinum and palladium. Suspended in the white space of the Assay Office's three storey foyer, the structure coalesces around the nucleic golden clock element surrounded by a rotating silver disc which displays the numerals incrementally. Driven by twin remotely controlled electronic mechanisms, the time is visible from 360 degrees both inside and outside the building. Using aluminium, titanium, bronze, acrylic, stainless steel and silver-gilt to achieve both strength and lightness, the Timepiece has been constructed over 1300 hours by a team headed by Martyn Pugh with a combination of cutting edge and traditional techniques that celebrate the skills of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and the Midlands. This five year project has created a timeless functional artwork that represents Birmingham Assay Office’s core precision scientific skills and values in the innovative tradition of its founder Matthew Boulton and the Lunar Society, whose members initiated the Industrial Revolution that ushered in modern era.
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Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham
Sep
24
Our Guardian Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham hosted respected UK Jewellery dignitaries in the Boulton Gallery.
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HRH Prince Richard of Gloucester
Sep
12
Birmingham Assay Office proudly welcomes HRH Prince Richard of Gloucester.
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BAO at the LBMA
Mar
24
AnchorCert Analytical Technical Director Dippal Manchanda presents at the London Bullion Market Association.
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