BJA’s AGM Will Mix Business With PleasureThe Cheapside Hoard Exhibition, which has inspired many independent jewellers and engagement ring designers, will share its venue with this year’s British Jewellers’ Association’s AGM.
On Thursday, April 24th, the Museum of London will play host to an event that is sure to be a mixture of business and pleasure. The British Jewellers’ Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held coinciding with the stunning Cheapside Hoard Exhibition. The BJA, along with sites such as the F&L Designer Guides, helps to promote the visibility and growth of independent jewellers and bespoke engagement ring designers.
The business of the day will be full of various nominations and elections of key official figures within the Association’s structure. Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint, is expected to take the chair position for the BJA for the next two years. Mr Wroe has been accredited with spurring tremendous membership growth under his leadership, which is only expected to continue over the next two years.
A Pleasurable Venue
The BJA’s AGM will share the Museum of London for the day with the renowned Cheapside Hoard Exhibition. This unique collection of Jacobean and early Elizabethan jewellery has proven inspirational to many bespoke engagement ring designers and independent jewellery makers as well as the public in general. Many of the delegates of the AGM will be thrilled to have the opportunity of a private viewing of the collection and members of the BJA are also eligible for a discount to the exhibition.
Hazel Forsyth, the curator of the Cheapside Hoard Exhibition, is expected to speak to the AGM about this extraordinary collection of jewellery, which was found by builders in 1912 hidden beneath the floorboards of a house in Cheapside. Lindsey Straughton, the BJA’s marketing manager, commented that “The exhibition is truly stunning and anyone in the trade who has not already seen it should grab this last opportunity to do so, especially having been guided through the highlights by Hazel; it should be a very insightful and interesting afternoon”.