Silver spotlight

We’ve started an exciting partnership project focusing on Richmond Town Council’s silver collection. There are forty objects relating to the town’s civic history on permanent display at the museum, some of them dating back to the mid 1600s.

Volunteers from both organisations are working with the museum’s Head of Collections, Zoe Utley on the project which will:

  • explore the history and personal stories behind the silver on display
  • add to our factual knowledge of the items to be able to share with visitors
  • help us update our records
  • create new online content, giving greater access to key pieces of the collection

“In this, the 50th anniversary year of the museum’s move to its home in the heart of the town, and the 65th anniversary of the Green Howards regiment receiving the Freedom of Richmond we wanted to work together on an initiative which links both town and museum,” explains Zoe. “We are working together to delve deeper into the history of the pieces, discover why they were created, and understand more about the people who commissioned or created them.”

“It’s great to be working together to improve our knowledge of these pieces,” adds Bob White, a town council volunteer working on the project. “Some of them, such as the Corn Cup or the Robert Willance goblet are well- established features of Richmond’s history, whilst other items in the collection have a less well-known back story. I’m looking forward to helping research and re-interpret the display, and seeing how we can bring these silver stories to life with the digital exhibition content that’s being planned.”

Museum Head of Collections, Zoe Utley with silver project volunteers, Janet, left, and Bob, right.

Once the research and cataloguing has been completed, a new online exhibition will be created featuring dazzling images and showing selected pieces in rotation, along with more in-depth stories about the items themselves.

“Whilst physical display space for the shimmering collection is limited by the size of the case these wonderful pieces are displayed in, the online content we are going to create, using film and photography will give a new perspective and depth of information,” explains Fiona Hall, the museum’s Communications Manager. “Creating online content like this allows us to bring the history of the collection to new audiences, regardless of whether or not they are able to physically visit the museum to look at the objects in person.”

The online exhibition will go live in the spring. In the meantime, you can get closer to our collection through our online exhibitions, personal archive content and uniform gallery