We have a range of events at the School of Jewellery, including exhibitions and graduate shows where our students display their work to members of the public and visitors from industry. We even had a visit from Prince Charles!
See below for images from a recent MA student exhibition and what happened when we welcomed royalty to Vittoria Street.
Royal seal of approval for Birmingham City University
HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the School of Jewellery on Tuesday 25 November, gaining first hand insight into the quality of creative talent produced by its staff, students and graduates.
Touring the School as part of a visit to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the Prince and Duchess arrived together and were met by a group of senior figures from the City and the University, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan, Head of the School of Jewellery Gaynor Andrews, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Professor David Roberts.
After viewing a range of student work, including jewellery, clocks and watches, the Duchess toured the School to meet staff and students while the Prince held a private meeting to discuss the Jewellery Quarter's regeneration, in which his charity has been involved.
The Royal Highnesses left with a glittering keepsake after alumnus Jack Row presented them with limited edition handcrafted silver fountain pens.
Gaynor Andrews added: "I echo Jack’s comments. It was a true honour to share the work of our students and Alumni with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. They were both clearly impressed with the diversity of courses within the School of Jewellery and the quality produced.
“The Duchess enjoyed a full tour, trying her hand at gemstone identification through a microscope and showing great interest in all our students’ activity. Our successful graduates certainly impressed her with their exquisite products on show in the exhibition and the Duchess was delighted to receive the pair of exquisite hand crafted pens as a commemorative gift to mark their visit. “I am very grateful to the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust for suggesting we host this prestigious event".