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Counter hours on 21 July 2022

Both the Greville Street counter, and Goldsmiths' Hall counter will close at 12 noon on 21 July 2022

While we understand this will be inconvenient, we want to gather our teams to reward and thank them for working incredibly hard during a long period of unprecedented challenges since 2020.  

  • This means that we will not accept One Hour packets on 21 July.
  • Early Hall / Next Day packets submitted on the morning of 21 July will be ready on Friday 22 July.
  • We will aim to complete Early Hall / Next Day packets which are submitted on 20 July on 21 July, but these may only be ready on 22 July. 

Date Published: 04 July 2022

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Royal Mail industrial action 14 July

Royal Mail has informed us that there is planned industrial action by their delivery and collection teams on Thursday 14 July. It is unlikely that the post will arrive or leave Goldsmiths' Hall on that day so there will be a delay in parcels being returned to you.

Date Published: 01 July 2022

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Melanie Eddy: The Meaning Behind the Marks

To discover the story behind a modern Maker's mark, we visited jeweller Melanie Eddy in her studio at the Goldsmiths' Centre, learned about the unique Sponsor's mark that is applied to her pieces at the London Assay Office, and discussed her feelings about applying the Platinum Jubilee mark to her work. 

Date Published: 27 June 2022

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RMT Industrial Action: Tuesday 21 June 2022

Plans to open on Tuesday 21 June are as follows:

The Greville Street counter aims to open at 9am, but will close at 3pm, with a half hour closure 12pm – 12.30pm.

Goldsmiths’ Hall will be open 10am – 5pm. 

All of our services will be severely disrupted with many of our teams unable to get to work.

  • Our One Hour service will be suspended Monday 20 - Friday 24 June.
  • Our Next Day service will be accepted Monday 20 - Friday 24 June - packets will be dealt with as a priority but may not be ready for the next day. 

Date Published: 13 June 2022

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Industrial Action by the RMT will impact our services 20 - 24 June

Industrial action is planned by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on 21, 23 and 25 June.  This will affect both the train and tube networks.

As a result, all of our services will be severely disrupted and our offices may have to close if many of our staff are unable to get to work.

Should the strikes go ahead services may be adapted as follows:

Date Published: 12 June 2022

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Little pieces of history: A brief exploration of Commemorative Marks

The week of the Platinum Jubilee feels like a golden opportunity to introduce five examples of extraordinary modern work in precious metal from the Goldsmiths’ Company collection. They all celebrate an important event within Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, and (nearly) all of them bear the corresponding commemorative mark

Date Published: 01 June 2022

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Industrial Action will affect both postal and tube services on Monday 6 June - our services may be affected

Royal Mail has informed us that there is planned industrial action by their collection team on Monday 6 June. It is unlikely that the post will leave Goldsmiths' Hall on that day so there will be a delay in parcels reaching you. 

In addition, on the same day, London Underground workers from the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will stage 24-hour walkouts in a dispute over jobs and pensions. It is expected that this strike will cause severe disruption and the closure of many Tube stations - if our teams can't get to work, or are delayed, our services may be affected. 

Date Published: 30 May 2022

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Make Your Mark Kid's Competition

Kids across the UK are being encouraged to get crafty over the Platinum Jubilee weekend by creating their own maker’s mark, as part of the Jubilee celebrations. The Make Your Mark Kid’s Competition, launched by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office (London Assay Office), is open to anyone aged 10 and under.

Date Published: 27 May 2022

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Lord Bridges becomes new Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company

  • Mark Bridges, KCVO, (Lord Bridges), former Private Solicitor to the Queen and a legal expert with an international reputation, has become Prime Warden (chairs the Board) of the Goldsmiths’ Company. 
  • Mark is the 695th Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company – a new Prime Warden is elected every year.  
  • Mark currently holds a number of international non-executive roles as well as remaining Senior Counsel to Farrer & Co. 
  • Mark became a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and of the City of London in 1991, a Liveryman in 2000, and joined the Company’s Court of Assistants (Board-equivalent) in 2006. 

Date Published: 26 May 2022

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Hallmarking Awareness and Learning Online (HALO) award

The British Hallmarking Council, in collaboration with The National Association of Jewellers have launched the Hallmarking Awareness and Learning Online (HALO) Award to recognise excellence in the promotion of hallmarking.

The award will be won by the most effective online initiative relating to the display of the new Digital Dealers Notice and the education surrounding British Hallmarking.

Date Published: 12 May 2022

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Counter hours - Queen’s Platinum Jubilee extended bank holiday

A special extended bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022. This means we will close earlier on Wednesday 1 June, details as follows:

The counter at Goldsmiths’ Hall will close on Wednesday 1 June at 4pm.  The office will reopen on Monday 6 June at 10am.

The counter at Greville Street will close on Wednesday 1 June at 4pm.  The office will reopen on Monday 6 June at 9am.

Date Published: 11 May 2022

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