Lecture on Etruscan goldwork
Patrick Davison, working goldsmith and winner of the Goldmiths’ Fair Best New Design Award in 2016, will give the 2018 Barker Etruscan Lecture on Etruscan goldwork at the British Museum on Friday 11 May 2018, 18.00–19.45 . Tickets are £5, to include a glass of wine.
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Jewellery History Today
The next issue of Jewellery History Today, JHT 32, will be published in May.
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).
Pearls for Life 2018
100 years ago, Lady Northcliffe, wife of the newspaper baron, appealed to the women of Britain and the Empire to donate a pearl to raise funds for the Red Cross. The appeal was spectacularly successful, and nearly 4,000 pearls poured in from around the world. These were made into 30 necklaces which raised nearly £100,000 when auctioned at Christie’s.
Today, the International Fundraising Committee of the British Red Cross is launching a new appeal for donations of pearls or pieces of pearl jewellery to be sold on behalf of the Red Cross. No gift is too small, because small donations can be combined with others.
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We were very sorry to hear of the death of Ted Donohoe, an SJH member for many years, in late December. We will carry an obituary in JHT 32, in May.
Theft of important pieces of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Viking metalwork
On 12 August, some 400 valuable metal objects, including jewellery, were stolen from the collections of the University museum in Bergen, Norway. The artefacts are dated mainly to the Viking Period and include treasures stolen by the Vikings from monasteries and other sites in Ireland, Britain and the continent. But there are also objects dated to the Migration Period and Roman Period. The museum staff ask everyone to keep their eyes open for any evidence of anyone trying to sell these pieces, either in the international market or online.
Pictures of the missing objects are constantly being uploaded at this
If you hear anything, please contact Professor Knut Andreas Bergsvik 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
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 aspects of Australian and New Zealand jewellery by Dr Dorothy Erickson and Dr Alexander Trapeznik, 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
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 appliaction/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.