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Women and the Goldsmiths’ Company


For International Women’s Day, the Goldsmiths’ Company has published a story about the history of women at the Company, featuring pioneering women throughout the centuries and reflecting on the role women have played in shaping the Company today.

Deputy Librarian Sophia Tobin says: “Women have always played a part in the Goldsmiths’ Company, even if that part was, for many centuries, only in the margins of official record.”

Pictured is the maker’s mark of Eliza Godfrey, from the Goldsmiths’ Company Archive. Eliza inherited her husband’s workshop and apprentices upon his death; she went on to produce some of the finest quality silver in Georgian London. Read the story here.