ACJ Muriel Wilson Fund
Muriel’s passion, knowledge and research into jewellery, both historical and contemporary, and her unstinting work as Editor of both Jewellery History Today and the ACJ magazine Findings, enriched the reading of many people, and sparked much interest.
Muriel's SJH obituary was published in
JHT 33. You can see the ACJ obituary
In memory of their esteemed Founder Member and long-term Editor, the Association for Contemporary Jewellery has established the Muriel Wilson Fund.
This will be used to fund travel with the purpose of research connected with contemporary jewellery. Both makers and non-makers may apply. An article for Findings will be required.
To donate to the Fund, please send your contribution thus:
Bank transfer: Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Barclays Bank, sort code 20-07-89 account number 0305 6937 reference: MWF+your name (e.g. MWF A Brown)
Cheque: please send your cheque to ACJ, PO Box 71338, London, SE17 9DY
PayPal : please send as a gift to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An email to the ACJ administrator saying what & how you have donated would be much appreciated:
Calling all Potential Lecturers!
The Society of Jewellery Historians would like to try something a little different in the lecture programme for October 2019. Instead of an evening lecture by a single speaker, we’d like to invite three speakers to each give a short paper (20 minutes maximum) which presents original research or ideas about any aspect of jewellery. Jewellers, historians of jewellery, dress historians, or keen researchers (young or established) in the field may apply. Subject summaries of 250/300 words gratefully received by Niamh Whitfield
(e-mail: email@example.com), by 15 March 2019.
Travel expenses and a night in London (if applicable) will be covered.
Jewellery History Today
The latest issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 33, was published at the beginning of September. The next issue will be in January 2019.
The pdf, and pdfs of all earlier issues of JHT, along with all articles published in Jewellery Studies, are available free to members on the website,
here (members only).
SJH Membership Secretary - Vacancy
After four years of valued service to the Society, our membership secretary, Liz Woodward, is planning to retire from the role. Her period in office has seen many changes which Liz has managed with her usual efficiency and good humour, leaving the role completely updated.
The position of Membership Secretary is pivotal to the smooth functioning of the Society and involves keeping records of the membership and dealing with subscriptions, which are currently paid by cheque, PayPal or standing order. A dedicated laptop is provided for this purpose. The Secretary is also responsible for providing a current list of members to the printers of Jewellery History Today three times a year, occasional emailings to the full membership list, and ad hoc sales of past copies of JHT and Jewellery Studies. The Membership Secretary is supported by, and works very closely with, the Hon.Treasurer, Web Manager, and Editor of JHT. Computer skills, common sense and some financial acumen are necessary. It would be helpful to live within reach of London, but not essential.
Applications have now closed. The Society has responded to all those who applied.
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
As many members will be aware, GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018. We emailed members to ask for their specific permission to continue to contact them in future, as we cannot do this, under the GDPR rules, without it. We will continue to send membership reminders and JHT to members who have not yet replied, but will not be able to send any other communications, such as invitations to special events. If you have not yet replied and wish to remain in contact please tell us NOW at
Full details of what records we carry, and how we use them, are available
IV European Congress on Jewellery
After successful and stimulating conferences in La Bañeza (Léon), Madrid and Barcelona, the fourth meeting of the European Congress on Jewellery Centres and Peripheries in European Jewellery from Antiquity to the 21st Century will take place on 29 and 30 November 2018 in Porto, northern Portugal. If you would like to present a paper, please send your abstract, consisting of no more than 300 words, by e-mail to Maria Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 July 2018. The Committee will notify potential speakers of their decision on 15 September 2018; the programme will be announced on 1 October 2018. For full details of attendance at the Congress, as well as the call for papers, click
Call for Papers: SJH Conference on Jewellery in Portraits/Portraits in Jewellery
Saturday 29 June 2019
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
The Society of Jewellery Historians invites proposals for this one-day conference on the themes of jewellery in portraits and portraits in jewellery. The conference aims to offer a platform to jewellery historians, art historians, and researchers from a range of disciplines to present new insights into either the representation of jewellery in various visual media, or on jewellery or engraved gems that incorporate portraits.
We welcome abstracts that cover any period or culture, and the Conference Committee will select papers that work together to fulfil the Society’s remit of presenting an overall structured and informative day.
Please email your proposal (200-300 words) for a 20- or 30-minute paper (indicating your preference for paper length), along with your contact details and a brief biography to
by 31 December 2018. Selection will be made by 31 January 2019. Full conference details will be circulated and published online in due course, providing information on registration for the event.
Since May 2015, Jewellery Studies, the peer-reviewed academic journal of The Society of Jewellery Historians, has been published online. All articles in previous issues of Jewellery Studies have been loaded onto the website, and are available free of charge to all members
The latest articles, on
The Surviving Rings of the Serjeants at Law - Mark Emanuel,
A Rediscovered Poniatowski Gem in the National Museum in Krakow - Paweł Gołyźniak
and The Identification of the Goldsmith’s Working Tools in Talmudic literature - Tziona Grossmark
are now available
To access Jewellery Studies online you will need your current member's password. If you do not have a password, or have forgotten it, please contact us at
Attendance at lectures
The booking of seats for lectures in autumn 2016 was exceptional and was taken because it was thought demand would exceed the lecture theatre seating. As a rule, members do not need to inform the Society of their intention to attend - unless they bring a guest. The Society will inform members well in advance if booking a seat is a requirement of attendance at a particular lecture. If you want to be certain that there will a place for you at a specific lecture, please feel free to inform the Society
Password for accessing members-only pages
Membership of SJH is calculated on a rolling basis. Whenever you join, you will receive a full 12 months of value. We change the passwords, which allow members to access all the pages on the site which are restricted to members, each year on 1 October, but your current password will remain valid until you are next due to renew. We will issue the new passwords to everyone as they renew their membership after October. You can download an application/renewal form, or renew online at
Membership application. If you have any problems, or any questions about this, please contact us here.
The SJH Library
The Society of Jewellery Historians has a small library of books on jewellery which is available to members at the Society of Antiquaries, in Burlington House. For full details, contact us here.