The Goldsmiths' Company

The Goldsmiths' Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London with its roots in the trade guilds of the Middle Ages. Today it is responsible for: *
Operating the London Assay Office which hallmarks precious metal articles. Hallmarking dates back 700 years and is the independent testing and marking of gold, silver and platinum articles to guarantee conformity to legal standards of purity, making it the oldest continuous form of consumer protection in the United Kingdom.* Promoting excellence in the design and craftsmanship of silver and jewellery, through exhibitions and other projects. * Administering charitable trusts to help the disadvantaged and specific areas of education.

Venue Type:

Association or society

Opening hours

Library: Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm.
Please telephone in advance for an appointment because seating is limited.

The Library: The collection of archives (dating from the 14th century), books, journals, negatives and slides is a most valuable resource enjoyed by historians, students, designers and picture researchers. It is available, by appointment, to members of the Company and the general public interested in the subjects of silver, jewellery, regalia, assaying and hallmarking. Students find it particularly helpful for material for their final year theses. The Company's Review, its annual publication, with its varied and stimulating articles, is published by this department.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm.
Please telephone in advance for an appointment because seating is limited. The Library has over 7,000 titles on subjects related to gold and silversmithing, jewellery, hallmarking and London guild history. Books are available for reference purposes only. Press cuttings are kept on all related topics and also on individual craftsmen and women. Over 30 subject related journals are received and back issues held. These include craft magazines, British and European trade magazines and auction house sales catalogues. Other general titles on art and antiques are also received and stored. Articles of interest are entered into the library catalogue under author and subject. Photocopying may be done. Also available for reference are 5,000 slides and over 10,000 photographs on named modern jewellers and silversmiths and their works, and on antique British and foreign silver and jewellery. The Library is able to provide suggested reading lists for GCSE, A level and student projects. Publications available for purchase. Films and videos available on loan to private audiences.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry

The Goldsmiths' Company
Goldsmiths' Hall
Foster Lane
City of London



020 7606 7010


020 7606 1511

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