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29.09.2023 – 12.11.2023

Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire – Exhibition

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Step into the extraordinary world of exquisite craftsmanship and historical significance at this new exhibition by the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.

From 29 September to 12 November 2023, this awe-inspiring exhibition will mesmerize visitors with a stunning collection of over 200 rare and beautiful items made of gold and silver wire – from centuries-old robes to contemporary jewellery – many of them viewable for the first time.

Embark on a fascinating journey through history this autumn, as you marvel at the finest collection of gold and silver wire objects to ever be brought together in an exhibition.

Exhibition highlights include garments worn by Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II – the 16th century Bacton Altar Cloth, believed to be the only surviving dress worn by the monarch, and a
glove worn by her late Majesty at her Coronation in 1953.

Gold bracelet with pink gem on one of its ends


Other not to be missed features are:

  • Iconic pieces of menswear, including the court suit of Charles Dickens and the legendary RSC robe worn by David Tennant in Richard II
  • An array of rare English Tudor embroidery, with a hearse cloth from 1515, Queen Mary's
  • Coronation Dress adorned with gold and silver silk thread from 1911, and the Silver Jubilee
  • Cope presented to the Bishop of London in 1977 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's reign
  • The crown and gold robe worn by Dame Helen Mirren when she played Cleopatra
  • Television costumes worn by Claire Foy and Matt Smith in “The Crown”
  • Gold-braided dress uniforms for the Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • The coat of a State Trumpeter from the Household Cavalry
  • Spectacular modern creations of jewellery and embroidery using Gold and Silver wire

Gold uniform with Royal crown embroidery

'Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire' celebrates the 400 anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers. It has been curated by Curator Emeritus at the Royal Armouries, Dr Karen Watts, and will be opened by the Worshipful Company’s Patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.


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