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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

A sparkling occasion


Silver is one of the Master Sally Bridgeland’s passions and we joined her at the Silver Speaks exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum to share in her love of shiny things. Aptly, the exhibition was also supported by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the Arts Council England. The evening had a little more sparkle than planned, as a few hundred people also turned up to see Bono at the Pink Floyd exhibition at the museum.

Eric Turner, curator at the V&A, began with an introduction to the 18 special objects that form the display. One of the highlights was the latest commission by the Silver Trust, a truly modern, botanical masterpiece by Junko Mori, which will end its journey in 10 Downing Street.   

Through his work, Eric met the late designer, David Mellor, who inspired many contemporary silversmiths. Eric’s personal insight into this remarkable man was a real highlight. 

British silversmithing continually reinvents itself to gain wider appeal and remain relevant. Many beautiful pieces were on display, including a magnificent Ice Windows by Clive Burr (www.cliveburr.co.uk), and ‘pillow’ cutlery by Angela Cork (www.angelacork.co.uk). Both gave us a personal insight into some of the magical pieces they have designed.

After drinks, we had the opportunity to examine many prototypes as well as finished articles, tracking development from early concept to conclusion. The phenomenal craftsmanship created a sparkling night to remember.