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A Treasured Inheritance: 600 years of Oxford College Silver Helen Clifford Monday 10 February 2020

This lecture surveys the wealth of ‘hidden’ silver in the Oxford colleges. We will take a thematic look at over 600 years of silver, from the 1340 drinking horn at Queen’s to the most recent commissions from New College. • Donors and Gifts: Identity and Memory • Chapel Silver: Reformation and Reform • Silver and the Civil War: Sacrifice and Survival • Drinking and Dining: Structure and Community • The Local Connection: Keeping & Care of College Silver • Revival and Reproduction: Attitudes to the Antique • Contemporary Commissioning: The Story to Date 


After reading History at Cambridge, completed her doctorate at the Royal College of Art, and while studying a partnership of 18th century silversmiths learnt the basics of the craft in the College studios. She has curated many exhibitions connected with silver both historic and contemporary, including Twentieth Century Silver at the Crafts Council in 1995 and A Treasured Inheritance 600 Years of Oxford College Silver at the Ashmolean in 2004. In 2005 she was a member of the first Jerwood Prize panel for British Metalworking. Has taught for many years at the universities of Warwick, Essex, the V&A and Oxford. She curated an exhibition on Gold for the Goldsmiths' Company (where she is a Freeman) for 2012. She is a Curatorial Advisor to the Asian Trade 1650 1850 project at the University of Warwick, and owner and curator of the Swaledale Museum in Reeth, North Yorkshire.