Celebrating 125 years of the School of Jewellery

  • Celebrating 125 years of the School of Jewellery
  • Celebrating 125 years of the School of Jewellery
  • Celebrating 125 years of the School of Jewellery
  • Celebrating 125 years of the School of Jewellery

The School of Jewellery celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015 with an extensive programme of events throughout the year.

An important aim of our special year is to capture the successes and memories of our Alumni from all over the world. These pages will highlight our calendar of activities and archive the outcomes of our celebrations.

The School of Jewellery has as much significance today as it did in 1890 when the Birmingham Jewellery and Silversmiths’ Association opened the exclusive school for the jewellery making industry in a factory building at 84 Vittoria Street. Still situated on the same site and having undergone extensive development and refurbishment, the School continues to focus on excellence in education and training.

Our students can experience traditional skills through cutting-edge technology while also being encouraged to experiment with materials through processes. By exploring the boundaries and engaging with research the School offers a greater depth of career potential than ever before. Its unrivalled portfolio of courses includes the niche subject of Horology and an exclusive Gemmology BSc to create a unique provision at the heart of the famous Jewellery Quarter.

A brief history of the School of Jewellery

Upcoming events

Some of our successful graduates - Alumni of the Year winners

Previous events

      • Jan - DecChanging exhibition of student and graduate work

        Pure Bar and Kitchen, Waterloo Place, Birmingham

      • 19 Jan – 19 Feb Flockomania

        An exhibition of large-scale jewellery with which visitors can interact, by School of Jewellery course director Zoe Robertson. More about Flockomania

      • 2 Feb – 17 Mar Lecture series
        Monday 2 February Dr Richard Taylor: "Gemmology in Time and Space"
        Thursday 12 February Toni Mayner and Sian Hindle: "Drawn"
        Tuesday 17 February Anna Lorenz: "Uncertainty
        Thursday 26 February Guest Lecturer Peter Page: "Jewellery Design and Making It"
        Tuesday 3 March Guest Lecturer Leo de Vroomen: "De Vroomen: Part 1 - The First 50 Years"
        Thursday 12 March Mark Lewis: "The Poetics of Drawing"
        Tuesday 17 March Guest Lecturer Suzanne Beautyman: "Crafted: The Shifting Practice
        of Contemporary Arts"
      • 20 March The cutting edge of digital technologies in jewellery design and manufacture

        This Digital Week event, which is also part of the School's 125 birthday celebrations, will give you the opportunity to see a number of different advanced digital technologies in action. You will see examples of how these technologies are being used to create and manufacture jewellery or other complex digitally created artefacts.

        There will also be opportunities to design a ring, in minutes, using a digital online application, and see 3D printing in action.

        You can view a short presentation about how the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) is working with Birmingham Museum Trust to create replicas of the Staffordshire Hoard using a variety of digital technologies.

        Visitors will also have an opportunity to actually handle various reproductions of parts of the Staffordshire Hoard.

        JIIC Technical Manager Frank Cooper will be on hand throughout the event to demonstrate and explain the various exhibits and technologies on show.

        Event is now closed

      • 13 – 27 May Artists in Residence Exhibition

        Atrium, School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B3 3PA

      • 15 – 19 June End of Year show

        Exhibition Hall, School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B3 3PA

      • 16 JuneIndustry Awards Evening

        5.30 – 8.00 - Exhibition Hall, School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B3 3PA

          • 20 Aug  Future Technologies

            A symposium and exhibition showcasing technological developments within the industry - Exhibition Hall, Atrium and Lecture Theatre, School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B3 3PA

          • 10 - 21 SeptPrivate View MA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products

            A symposium and exhibition showcasing technological developments within the industry - Exhibition Hall and Atrium, School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B3 3PA

          • 9 – 13 NovJunk – from rubbish to gold – a performative installation project

            Atrium, School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B3 3PA

            More about Junk - from Rubbish to Gold

          • 14 Nov – 20 DecHorology Exhibition

            Parkside, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG

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