The Goldsmiths’ Centre started life in 2007. The Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, recognised that there was an urgent need for a new facility, which would bring together managed workspace, education and training to ensure the sustainability and future success of the sector in London.
This £17.5 million project, delivered in partnership with the former City Fringe Partnership and London Development Agency, is the largest ever direct investment by the Goldsmiths’ Company into the craft and industry. The Goldsmiths’ Company has a long history of serving and supporting the industry by providing training and education.
Since 1334, the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme, now delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre, has helped young Apprentices to learn the ancient trade of the goldsmith under the tutelage of a Master craftsperson. For over 30 years the free week long Getting Started course has provided some of the most talented UK goldsmiths with the knowledge training to set up their own businesses.
Today the Goldsmiths' Centre builds on the history of the Goldsmiths’ Company and continues to provide much needed vocational training opportunities for those entering the jewellery industry. It offers support to those becoming self-employed after Higher Education; and affordable, managed workshop space in Central London. The trade and industry can now experience new opportunities for education, training, skills sharing and business growth all within one building.
THE GOLDSMITHS’ CENTRE TODAY
Today the Goldsmiths’ Centre is located in the heart of Clerkenwell’s design quarter near Hatton Garden, London’s historic jewellery quarter and centre of the UK diamond trade. Opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in April 2012, the building combines an existing Grade II Listed 1872 Victorian London Board School and a four storey contemporary extension housing dedicated workshop and studio spaces.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre provides training workshops, conference facilities, a lively café as well as a state-of-art venue for exhibitions and events. Home to a creative community, it is a place for people and businesses with an interest in jewellery, silversmithing or the allied trades to learn, collaborate and connect.
All profit generated through the commercial activities of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, including ticket sales or workshop hire, is reinvested into its community and the education of young people. In addition, funds raised help to repay the generous loan given by the Goldsmiths’ Company towards the build of the Goldsmiths’ Centre.