The Goldsmiths’ Company has made a major contribution (£250,000) to Westminster Abbey’s The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, due to open in 2018.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries is an exciting new project in the Abbey’s medieval triforium. In addition to displaying the Abbey’s silver plate, the galleries will feature many other treasures reflecting the Abbey’s rich and varied history.

The gallery itself runs 70ft above the Abbey floor. Hidden to the public for over 700 years, it will give visitors magnificent views to the Palace of Westminster and into the church.

Westminster Abbey is known worldwide as a royal church but what is less well-known is that the Abbey is independent from the Church of England and receives no funding from the Church, Crown or State. It relies upon visitor income for its day-to-day running costs with major projects supported by fundraising.

This contribution is the first major donation the Goldsmiths’ Company is making in the decade
running up to the Company’s 700th Anniversary celebrations in 2027. At least £70m will be donated by the Company and its Charity over the next 10 years in support of the goldsmith/silversmith trade, apprentice training and other charitable activities.

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The Goldsmiths’ Company

The Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London, received its first Royal Charter in 1327. Today the purpose of the Goldsmiths’ Company is to contribute to British national life by supporting its related crafts, industry and trade and through wider charitable and educational activity.

The Company’s Assay Office has been responsible for testing the quality of precious metals for over 700 years.

2012 saw the opening of the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, a state-of-the-art facility comprised of workshops, exhibition space and conference facilities.

The Company supports over 300 charitable causes and pursues over 10 long-standing educational projects through its official charity. The Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection of silver is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, comprising over 9,000 items dating from 1350 to the present day. The Company is the principal patron of UK contemporary jewellers and silversmiths, continuing to play an important role in support of the craft by funding apprenticeships, assisting with the technical training of aspiring designer-makers, and commissioning new work.

The first female Prime Warden in the Company’s history, Mrs Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE, took office in May 2017.

For more information please contact Martin Macdonald, Communications Manager,
The Goldsmiths’ Company: 020 7367 5913 / 
press@thegoldsmiths.co.uk