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School of Jewellery. Birmingham City University

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Published: 11.11.2017
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Intro
On November 4, 1889, the Birmingham Jewellery and Silversmiths Association (now the British Jewellers Association) held an historical meeting attended by representatives from the principal jewellery and silverware manufacturing companies. The purpose was to discuss setting up an exclusive school for the jewellery making industry. The Association achieved its objective and a new school opened in the factory building at 84 Vittoria Street, which it still occupies, on September 18, 1890.

Statement


Our internationally renowned School of Jewellery is the largest in Europe, with unrivalled facilities and expertise to develop your career in this exciting specialist sector.

Located on two sites, Vittoria Street and Carver Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, the School was founded in 1890. The Vittoria Street building’s historical facade conceals a contemporary award-winning environment that included multiple workshops, a specialist library, an atrium gallery and exhibition space. The Carver Street building is home to the Birmingham Assay Office and also houses our Gemmology students and business jewellery suites of courses.

We cover all aspects of jewellery, silversmithing, horology, gemmology and business management working with a wide variety of materials including precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, plastics, textiles, wood and other experimental materials. Our students also benefit from an enviable range of cutting-edge equipment and technology is used in today’s industry including electroforming, CAD/CAM 3D printing and cutting, to name but a few. 

Graduating students have a wide spectrum of employability, including; self-employment as designer/makers setting up their own studios or employment for larger companies, including the Assay Office, Tiffany’s, Tag Heuer, Cartier, De Beers.
 
History:
On November 4, 1889, the Birmingham Jewellery and Silversmiths Association (now the British Jewellers Association) held an historical meeting attended by representatives from the principal jewellery and silverware manufacturing companies. A new school opened on September 18, 1890 in the factory building at 84 Vittoria Street, which it still occupies today.

In 1995, an extensive building and refurbishment programme was completed, creating the largest teaching institution for the specialisation in Europe. Another major aspect of the School – the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre – opened in 1997.

We celebrated our 125 anniversary in 2015 and are an important part of the Faculty of Art, Desig and Media.

In 2016 we opened our Gemmology Department on the site of the Birmingham Assay Office, followed by a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall later that year.

Our Vittoria Street gallery holds exciting exhibitions and events to showcase the successes of our students and alumni, so watch this space...
 

Teachers

Head of School: Stephen Bottomley.
Deputy Head of School: Jeremy Hobbins.

Course Directors:
HND Jewellery and Silversmithing:
Dauvit Alexander.
HND Jewellery and Silversmithing: Jo Pond.
BA (Hons) Jewellery and Objects: Beaulagh Brooks.
BA (Hons) Horology: Jeremy Hobbins.
BSc (Hons) Gemmology and Jewellery Studies: Miranda Wells.
BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing – Design for Industry: Claire Price.
BA (Hons) International Jewellery Business: Kate Thorley.
MA Jewellery and Related Products: Sian Hindle.
Grad Cert Jewellery and Related Products: Bridie Lander.
Vittoria Street Gallery: Zoe Robertson.
Research staff: Professor Jivan Astfalk, Associate-Professors Ann-Marie Carey and Frank Cooper.
CAD technical staff: Paul Yeomans, Keith Aldcock.

Lecturers:
Andrew Howard, Drew Markou, Andrew Fellows, Anna Lorenz, Bridgette Brown.
 

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2017:
Meeting  29 Nov 2017 - 29 Nov 2017  Rethinking Domestic Design.
Exhibition  27 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017  Ambiguous Implements.
Meeting  15 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017  Canadian Craft Biennial Symposium 2017.
Open call  03 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017  Position for a Lecturer in Gemmology at the School of Jeweller.
2016:
Meeting  17 Mar 2016 - 17 Mar 2016  Beyond Jewellery. Performing the Body.
Exhibition  22 Feb 2016 - 01 Apr 2016  flockOmania2.
2015:
Open call  11 Dec 2015 - 04 Jan 2016  Position for a Senior Lecturer in Jewellery / Course Leader.
Open call  01 Dec 2015 - 08 Jan 2016  Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body - Call for Papers.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015  Junk: rubbish to gold.
Fundraising  16 Jun 2015 - 15 Jul 2015  JUNK - Rubbish to Gold: kickstarter campaign.
2013:
Exhibition  10 Jun 2013 - 15 Jun 2013  Graduate Show: Tinker, Treasure, Jewellery Pleasure.
2012:
Exhibition  12 Mar 2012 - 30 Mar 2012  Diamond Jubilee Exhibition 2012.
2010:
Exhibition  13 Sep 2010 - 22 Sep 2010  Making Treasure.
2009:
Exhibition  08 Sep 2009 - 24 Sep 2009  Life's a Bench.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2009 - 16 Mar 2009  48 weeks...later.
2008:
Workshop  14 Jul 2008 - 18 Jul 2008  New Starts: From Start to a new Start.
Exhibition  29 Feb 2008 - 02 Mar 2008  JAMES: Jewellery and metal Enquiry show.
The interior of the School of Jewellery's Vittoria Street home.
The interior of the School of Jewellery's Vittoria Street home

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In our BA (Hons) Horology labs allows each student to have their own station. Here they make the elements needed for creating their own clocks..
In our BA (Hons) Horology labs allows each student to have their own station. Here they make the elements needed for creating their own clocks.

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The workstations allow the students to work in a mobile environment - each desk with the same equipment.
The workstations allow the students to work in a mobile environment - each desk with the same equipment

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The prize winning students and staff from the Goldsmiths Awards 2017.
The prize winning students and staff from the Goldsmiths Awards 2017

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