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May 2017

Issue No 382

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Inside this month’s issue...

Editorial ....................... 16

Weston Beamor Restructures Management Team.... 16

News............................. 18

More Important Heritage Anniversaries in 2017........ 16

Events .......................... 30

Jericho Foundation’s Big Lottery Fund Grant............ 17

Classifieds ................... 36

Outlook for Baselworld 2018..................................... 17

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Simon Rainer Becomes a Freeman.......................... 18 Clarification on Paying the BID Levy......................... 18 New Physio Joins the Optispine JQ Team................. 18 Domino’s ‘Wedding Package’ at Baselworld.............. 19 A New Chamber of Horrors....................................... 22 April Fool’s Canal Bus............................................... 22 The Dual Works......................................................... 23 Small Apartment - but ‘Convenient and Dead Quiet!’.23 Award for Pig & Tail.................................................... 23 Jewellery Quarter Festival 2017................................ 23 Birthstones for June are Pearl and Alexandrite......... 24 Baselworld 2017 - ..................................................... 25 Heritage: Turner & Simpson (Medals)........................ 26

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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

By the time this issue is printed Easter and May Day will be just a memory - hope you all enjoyed the breaks - another break at the end of the month though with the Spring Bank Holiday when this issue will be well into production. May Day, when I was a kid meant wearing a ribbon in your hair, dancing around the Maypole in the school playground with parents invited along to watch - you had practiced the moves for several weeks before - and the children also gave a display of country dancing (girls avoiding holding boy’s hands in case they had warts - very difficult when most of the dances included a ‘chain’ movement when you crossed around each other, grasping alternate hands!). People spent ages festooning the horses belonging to the coalman, the milkman, the baker, the rag and bone man, etc. with flowers (mostly dandelions and other wild flowers) and making a perky hat, cutting holes for their ears! The Police held a parade on Summerhill Parade with lots of police horses and their own brass band. The parade had to be on the nearest Sunday to May Day as there was no bank holiday then. I just loved the April Fool’s story about the Canal Bus and have added my comments about the fact that there really was a canal bus one hundred years ago. Another funny story from April was about the two guys found fast asleep in a portable loo in the cemetery! I hope you enjoy reading this month’s Heritage story about Turner & Simpson - it was quite difficult to research as not much has been written about this once important company, employing lots of people in the heart of The Jewellery Quarter. Also don’t forget to check out our events section, nearly 5 pages of events, live bands, courses, training, exhibitions and many other things to do and see in the Jewellery Quarter for all ages. Marie Haddleton Editor

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

More Important Heritage Anniversaries in 2017 (Jewellery Quarter Heritage Database)

Last month we listed many important heritage anniversaries. Here are some more: 1987 (30 Years ago) YBA Publications (The Hockley Flyer) move from Tenby Street to 22 Frederick Street. Left to right: Glen Day, Ed Hole and Kate Wall

Weston Beamor Restructures its Management Team for Further Growth Weston Beamor, the Birminghambased 3D printing, casting and bespoke manufacturing company, has restructured the workings of its management team and appointed new staff in a bid to grow further its customer base. Glen Day remains as Head of Business Development, but, rather than being office based as in the past, he will now spend four days a week travelling the country to meet with Weston Beamor’s customers and potential customers. Day, who reports directly to the company’s managing director Andrew J Morton, retains his overall, supervisory role within Weston Beamor. However, he hands over greater responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business jointly to Ed Hole, who is Head of CAD and 3D Printing, and Kate Wall who is the Administration Co-ordinator with special responsibility for the company’s casting services. “The services that Weston Beamor offers are much broader and more sophisticated than in the past and we have become aware recently that many of our regular customers – let


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alone potential customers – are not fully aware of all the manufacturing facilities that we can offer them, particularly in the sphere of creating bespoke designs,” Day explains. The company believes that Day’s 30+ years of experience in the jewellery industry (he trained originally at the bench) and his strong grasp of all the modern and traditional production techniques that WB offers, make him ideally placed to take on a more ambassadorial role. “I simply love talking about jewellery and I much enjoy being able to help retailers and designers to solve their bespoke manufacturing problems. Going into retailers’ shops, seeing the ranges they are selling and talking to them in their own environment about what we can do to help them gives me a much greater understanding of their needs and opens up a much stronger channel of communication,” he says. Although it is still early days, the new strategy seems to be paying dividends already. Weston Beamor enjoyed the most successful year in its long history during the financial year 2016/17 and has grown its client base further in recent months. It has also increased the size of both its CAD and administrative teams to cope with the additional demand. Readers who would like to receive a visit from Glen Day should contact him at or telephone 0121 678 4131 to make an appointment.

1987 (30 years ago) New Parking Layout agreed between BCC and The Hockley Flyer. 1987 (30 Years ago) Plans to open a New branch of TSB Bank in Frederick Street. 1987 (30 years ago) Pavements brick-paved and white lines painted at street junctions. 1987 (30 years ago) First tourists appear in Jewellery Quarter. 1987 (30 years ago) YBA Publications published first Tourist Guide. 1997 (20 Years ago) Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry closed down by BCC. 1997 (20 years ago) Final Steam Festival in St Paul’s Square. 1997 (20 Years ago) New Bus Route (No 8) launched in Jewellery Quarter. 1997 (20 Years ago) Organised Walks in Warstone Cemetery commenced. 1997 (20 Years ago) Excalibar and Barker Ellis went into liquidation as they failed to meet expectations of West Midlands Enterprise Board who themselves then made a loss of £500,000! 2007 (10 years ago) Workers Parking Permits granted with reduced rates in Vyse Street Car Park. (JQA) 2007 (10 years ago) Tesco’s store opens near to Chamberlain Clock Marie Haddleton officially cut the ribbon. 2007 (10 years ago) Unveiling of the Interpretation Boards in Warstone Lane and Key Hill Cemeteries by Marie Haddleton (JQ Regeneration Partnership).

Jericho Foundation’s Big Lottery Fund Grant for ‘Labour for Change’

The Jericho Foundation is delighted to announce it has received £314,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, and a further £128,000 of matched funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to support its ‘Labour for Change’ Project to benefit the victims of modern slavery. These disadvantaged people became the focus of attention last year when Theresa May pledged £33m to fight human trafficking. It is a huge problem in Britain today – it is estimated that in 2015 there were 13,000 people enslaved in the UK alone, while last year 3,266 individuals were rescued and referred to the National Referral Mechanism. The ‘Labour for Change’ Project improves the economic, social and personal outcomes of the survivors of modern slavery and those at risk of this kind of exploitation. The project provides supported employment, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities in Jericho’s eight social enterprise businesses. The Jericho Client Support Team delivers information, advice, guidance, personal development, language skills training and other services throughout the employment period or apprenticeship. Hope for Justice is one of the partners

Jericho will be working closely with on this project and they will be sharing expertise while providing referrals and legal advocacy support. Richard Beard, Chief Executive of Jericho, said: “Our ‘Labour for Change’ Project will truly transform the lives of victims of modern slavery. Our holistic programme ensures these survivors achieve a regular income, personal

Outlook for Baselworld 2018 Commenting on the outcome of this year’s show, Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, said that the industry is currently going through a challenging phase, which particularly affects smaller companies. Listening to our exhibitors and in agreement with the members of the different Committees, we have

(Editor’s Note: The Hockley Flyer has supported The Jericho Foundation from its inception and their advertisement can be found within the magazine).

decided to reduce the duration of the show and adjust the prices accordingly. Thus, Baselworld 2018 will be held from Thursday 22 to Tuesday 27 March 2018, with the traditional press day on Wednesday, March 21. Ms Ritter emphasised that: “Baselworld will maintain the attractiveness of the show and its global impact by remaining faithful to our strategy which favours quality and leverages diversity in all sectors.” May 2017

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Patrick Masih (Client Support Manager), Louise Gore (Client Support) and Richard Beard (Chief Executive) of the Jericho Foundation.

development and a feeling of safety and security. The Jericho Foundation is a Birmingham-based registered charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports disadvantaged people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. Jericho is the only organisation in the UK with the expertise and resources to deliver a complete programme of work experience, training and tailored support to the victims of modern slavery. James Harcourt, Big Lottery Fund Deputy Director of Responsive Programmes, said: “It’s great to see so many projects like the Jericho Foundation’s ‘Labour for Change’ bringing a positive change to their communities. Thanks to National Lottery players, the funding announced today will support people to overcome barriers, learn new skills and improve their lives for the future.”

News Simon with his Certificate of Freedom after the ceremony.

Simon Rainer Becomes a Freeman of The Goldsmith’s Company Simon Rainer has received the Freedom of the Goldsmith’s Company at a ceremony held at Goldsmith’s Hall on April 5th. The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London originating from the trade guilds of the Middle Ages and is an institution that is more than 700 years old. Nowadays

Clarification on Paying the BID Levy When the BID Levy commenced in 2012 this announcement was made in The Hockley Flyer to help people understand what the scheme was all about: ‘The legislation that governs a Business Improvement District (BID) is relatively straightforward. Well, it is by comparison with many other pieces of Government legislation! Businesses vote to make additional contributions (a levy) in order to deliver specific objectives. If the vote is successful, and the one in the Jewellery Quarter gained an over-


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the company promotes excellence in design and craftsmanship and has the responsibility of hallmarking all precious metal jewellery made in the UK. After the ceremony, Simon was then escorted by wardens from the Goldsmith Company to the Guildhall, where he was invited to apply for the Freedom of the City of London. “I was absolutely delighted to receive the Freedom of the Goldsmith’s Company and it was a proud moment to be recognised for my contribution to the UK and International jewellery markets over the last 25 years” said Simon. Now running his own jewellery consultancy business, Simon was most recently CEO of the British Jewellers’ Association. During his time at the BJA, he was a Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council, led two commissions for the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), was one of the founding partners in the UK Jewellery Ethics Committee, and worked extensively with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for reform to the Kimberley Process. His work as industry ambassador for greater transparency in the jewellery supply chain and championing the many benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility also saw him involved with Universities, Civil Society and Fairtrade Gold. Recognition of his work in the jewellery industry also saw him receive the prestigious UKJA ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’” award. whelming endorsement, it is binding on all businesses. This is the same principle that applies to the way we choose our Council and Government. We go with the will of the majority. So, who pays? The company that pays the business rates is the same one that is responsible for paying the levy, it really is that simple. If a tenant moves out and liability for rates comes back to the landlord, then the landlord also becomes responsible for paying the levy. If a new tenant moves in to a property, then along with the business rates bill will be a levy charge. Premises with a rateable value of less than £10,000 do not pay the levy. The reason for this is that the of collection would exceed the revenue generated.’

New Physio Joins the Optispine JQ Team Physiotherapist, Rhodri Parfitt, has recently joined Jewellery Quarterbased back and joint centre, Optispine Birmingham. He brings a new dimension to the team with a particular focus on exercise rehabilitation. “I’ve always been fascinated by how the body works and enjoy learning new ways of helping people recover from pain and injury,” Rhodri comments. “I believe in the power of exercise and find it to be one of the most effective ways to solve or prevent issues.” Rhodri’s interest in physiotherapy evolved from his love of sport. A keen cricket player, swimmer, cyclist and runner, he experienced a range of injuries that resulted in him requiring extensive treatment. With a first degree in Biology, Rhodri later completed a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham. He now divides his time between an NHS Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy role and private work for Optispine. Rhodri’s services, now available at the Optispine centre on Vittoria Street, include hands-on physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, one-to-one exercise sessions and a brand-new Physio Back Care Class, starting on 12th June at 6pm. In the summer, he will also be taking the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s highly popular Workout at Work campaign to local companies, promoting the ‘Fit for Work’ message through free physio fitness sessions. Web:

Domino has reported strong interest in its UK-made wedding and engagement rings at this year’s Basel Fair. The company enjoyed healthy sales to European retailers, drawn not simply from France and the Netherlands, where the company employs sales representatives and has an established customer base, but also elsewhere on the continent. However, it also picked up interest from retailers as far afield as Japan. “This was a very good show for Domino. Retailers seemed to love the comprehensive nature of our Bridal Package and the very wide choice of options and opportunities for personalisation that it offers them,” says the company’s sales and marketing director, Andrew Sollitt. The flexibility of Domino’s Diamond Ring Mounts (DRM) range of engagement and lifestyle rings was much welcomed by visitors to the stand who liked the fact that rings can be supplied either set or unset and that designs are available in a range of carat weights to enable customers to get the same look across a range of price points. Another hit with retailers was Domino’s new Wedding Ring Collection which is supported by a comprehensive marketing package, including point-of-sale material, bespoke bridal brochures as well as staff training. “Our continental customers were impressed by the sheer diversity of this collection and the fact that it offers so many choices in terms of alloy, profiles and diamond content. Our marketing concepts were also very well received, with particular interest in our contemporary wedding ring sample box,” Sollitt explains. Interestingly European retailers’ taste differs slightly from their British counterparts’. Buyers at Basel opted for smaller head sizes when buying engagement rings, usually up to 0.50ct. On the wedding ring front the Europeans tend to opt for lower diamond content in stone-set wed-


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ding bands than the British market. However, both markets tend to prefer solitaire-style designs, with both plain and diamond-detailed shanks being popular. “It is, I think, a great tribute to our in-house design team that our ranges have such wide-spread appeal and

offer retailers, wherever in the world they are based, the opportunity to create collections which reflect the tastes and the spending power of their own particular clientele,” says Sollitt. Images show a selection of rings from Domino which sold well at Baselworld. May 2017

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A New Chamber of Horrors by Mark Haddleton

Many readers will remember the ‘Chamber of Horrors’ which we featured in previous issues. Fortunately, most of the buildings featured have now been restored and even the worst eyesore of all in Legge Lane has now been demolished and under re-build. This just leaves the 3/4 houses on the opposite side of the road. However, new eyesores have sprung to life and these are pictured here.

Albion Street

Planning consent was sought some time ago to turn these premises into residential but the application was refused and after stripping out most of the building it is now left in a complete mess.

April Fool’s Canal Bus The following announcement appeared on social media early on April 1, 2017: ‘National Express Launch West Midlands Canal Bus’ ‘National Express West Midlands has launched a canal bus so commuters can beat the rush hour between Birmingham and the Black Country. The drive-on/drive-off single-decker can take 50 passengers and will power its way to Tipton and back on the under-used Birmingham canal network. This morning’s news, unusually released for Saturday morning pub-

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Apartments Abandoned and so is The Pavement

Work on 44 Apartments didn’t come to fruition in Northwood Street, and the ubiquitous car park was allowed. Looking from Caroline Street it does not look too bad, however I had the misfortune to approach it from the other direction and found the pavement all but disappeared into dirt and a pile of rubbish. Looks great in a conservation area! Worse still the pavement then disappears behind a hoarding and a rough step up which has also been left which would be very confusing for the visually impaired!

The Kathleen Dayus Memorial

Unfortunately, this is not being cleaned and cared for - There is bad staining around the base and cigarette packets stuck behind the memorial and there are weeds growing along licity, follows the announcement that Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is to take over the day-to-day running of its Midland Metro trams from October 2018 when the current concession, currently held by National Express, finishes. The move will enable TfWM, which is the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), to plough millions of pounds of future profits back into expanding the network. Existing National Express staff will be transferred over to a new subsidiary company – Midland Metro Ltd – which will be wholly owned by the WMCA.’ Editor’s note: This announcement caused lots of giggles but also made

the pavement. Hopefully, the JQBIDS cleaning team will be taking over the care of the memorial. me remember what my mother told me about having to catch a canal bus from Aston to The Jewellery Quarter in 1917 (100 years ago) to work in a button factory, stitching army buttons onto cards. Very often it was necessary to break the ice on the canal before they could start on their journey. The ‘buses’ were open top and most everyone at that time suffered from chilblains on their feet and hands, caused by a combination of the bitter cold, lack of warm clothing and malnutrition. The chilblains were painful itchy red lumps and the only known relief was by rubbing a substance called Snowfire on them which, unfortunately, most people could not afford to buy.


Smallest Apartment - but ‘Convenient and Dead Quiet!’

The Dual Works The Dual Works is a shared creative studio situated at 23A Kenyon Street, in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter established in 2015 by two founding members Zoe Robertson and Steve Snell. This duo are practicing artisans who have a combined teaching experience within design education of over forty years. Together they work on their own design projects, undertake commissions and enjoy working collaboratively. They have over fifty years of combined making experience, across various industries, techniques and materials. Steve says “We enjoy the making process from the initial idea through to design, production, realisation and installation. We specialize in one-off fabrication and undertake commissions to clients’ specification, making all kinds of things including the design and manufacture of products, furniture and interiors such as exhibition display stands, bespoke storage solutions, interior and workshop fittings, theatre and stage props as well as specialist artist fabrication.” Steve’s skills span carpentry, metalsmithing and plastic techniques to

name but a few. These skills have been acquired though a lifetime’s passion for taking things apart, and learning how objects are made, then remaking into something new! Alongside this he has been employed as a 3D specialist in various Universities and Companies managing workshops dedicated to wood, metal and plastic processes, helping students bring their ideas to fruition where in-depth problem solving is fundamental to the realisation of products. Zoe is an award-winning designer maker who skills span a breadth of materials and processes. She enjoys the making process and describes herself as a ‘Blue Peter Girl’ where she was introduced to making things via this cult children’s television show back in the 1980’s! She has acquired over 20 yrs. of educational experience, teaching students 3D skills in various Art Colleges and Universities across the UK. Currently she divides her time between being a practicing jewellery artist at The Dual Works and lecturing at the world-renowned School of Jewellery where she has been residence for the past 10 years.

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At a recent ‘do’ held in Key Hill Cemetery, it was insisted that a ‘temporary loo’ be provided but unfortunately no-one remembered to remove it. Sometime later, when two volunteers were clearing rubbish and weeds, they heard strange noises coming from it and, thinking perhaps a fox or something was trapped inside, they forced open the door which had been wedged shut and in the tiny space inside, to their astonishment they discovered two ‘rough sleepers’, one man sitting on the loo and the other squatting on the floor, both of them in deep slumber! Don’t know who was the most surprised! The ‘loo apartment’ was surely the smallest two-person apartment in the Jewellery Quarter so far, but it was complete with a convenience and situated in a protected area, free, and Dead Quiet!

Award for Pig & Tail Birmingham’s Civic Society has awarded the ‘2016 Renaissance Award’ to the former George & Dragon public house (now re-named The Pig & Tail) in Albion Street, after undergoing a total revamp. The George & Dragon pub was featured in Kathleen Dayus’ books and a monument can be seen in the ‘Dayus Square’ which was named after her.

Jewellery Quarter Festival 2017 Jewellery Quarter BIDS will be organising their third Jewellery Quarter Festival this year. It will be based in The Golden Square mainly and events are now being planned. The Festival will take place on 28th/30th July 2017. May 2017

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Birthstones for June are Pearl and Alexandrite

Birthday Gems - Lore & Myths Throughout the ages, gemstones have fascinated Mankind. Lots of myths, legends and lores have evolved around them. Some of our ancestors believed they had mysterious hidden powers and healing properties, which were bestowed on the wearer. Even today, some of these beliefs still exist.

Pearl Pearls are associated with chastity and modesty and stable marriages are said to be the result of pearls. Pearls are organic gemstones that are formed by shelled molluscs, mainly oysters and mussels. Natural pearls are extremely rare and so people discovered ways to culture them. Before Pearls were cultured by man, Pearls were harvested from the Persian Gulf, Shri Lanka and later, China. Pearls are the 30th Anniversary gem.

Alexandrite The gem Alexandrite is extremely rare and beautiful due to its ability to change colour - In daylight it is a cool mossy green but in artificial light it becomes a red gem with a warm raspberry tone. Alexandrite was originally discovered in the 1830s in Russia’s Ural Mountains but is now also found in Shri Lanka, East Africa and Brazil. Alexandrite is the 55th Anniversary gem stone.

Pearl Myths & Legends:

• Pearls are believed to represent tears and considered unlucky for a bride to wear them on her wedding day, others believe that Pearls are perfect for brides as they represent purity, chastity and loyalty. • Ancient Chinese people believed that Pearls gave protection from fire and dragons and some people believe that if you sleep with a Pearl under your pillow, you will be blessed with children. • Pearls are considered to encourage good health and wealth

Alexandrite Myths & Legends:

• Alexandrite is associated with discipline and self-control and can promote the ability to concentrate and learn. • Legend has it that Alexandrite brings good strong warm healing energies and carries good fortune and love to its owner

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Baselworld 2017 - A Century of Placing Passion, Precision & Perfection on a Pedestal Baselworld 2017–The 100th anniversary of the most important show and premier event for the world’s watch and jewellery industry reaffirmed its status as the global trendsetting show. This unrivalled premier platform celebrated the convention of the crème de la crème of the entire industry who united once again to take the pulse of the market, marvel at the new collections and witness the start of a new trendsetting cycle. Baselworld 2017 was the focal point for more than 106,000 buyers (-4% vs 2016) from over 100 countries. With the world’s best-known and most celebrated brands from every sector revealing their newest collections, Baselworld 2017 lived up to its reputation as the hub of the global industry. Attendees benefited from the unique opportunity to feel the mood of the market, discover those new trendsetting collections that will prevail for the following 12 months, and equally importantly, to capitalise on the enormous business opportunities that are available at Baselworld. Passion, precision and perfection presided once again as the world’s best brands showcased their innovations and newest collections for all the world to discover. Eric Bertrand, President of the Baselworld Exhibitors’ Committee, underlined the significance of Baselworld for the watch and jewellery industry. “In the last week, we have experienced the value of this show for the entire industry especially in difficult times, which makes the show’s role as the global platform even more compelling at a time when all players are looking for secure values and stability. We know from experience; our new collections and creations will be all the talk in the coming 12 months’ thanks especially to the immense press coverage of the show and the global interest we have observed.” François Thiébaud, President of

the Swiss Exhibitors’ Committee, concurred and was full of praise for this anniversary of Baselworld. For him, taking a show from a small event with just 29 brands in 1917, and transforming it into the unparalleled global leader is “thanks to Baselworld being the only show that fully reflects the excellence of the industry by uniting everyone, representing every sector and putting each and every player on a pedestal to present themselves in the best light.” Regarding the outcome of this year’s show, Mr Thiébaud said that: “Although it has been a challenging year, Baselworld 2017 dispelled any concerns about the market as the event has fuelled a renewed spirit of creativity and innovation. The show confirmed that the innovation and passion that epitomise our industry, continue to hold centre stage.” Regarding his estimation of the 2017 edition, Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe, found that “the organisation of the show was good as were the number of visitors, our retailers and the press.” He added that there was a “good general reception of our novelties.” Mr Stern also listed a number of reasons why Baselworld is an important platform: “Important in terms of an annual meeting with our network of retailers and partners from all over the world. Important in terms of public visibility and especially in terms of world press resonance. A very important communication platform.” For Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Watch Division, CEO TAG Heuerand CEO Zenith, “Baselworld

is not just a show of the best Swiss watch brands, but more importantly the showcase of the entire Swiss and international industry. During eight days, people do not only enter into the heart of the industry, but also feel the pulse of it, getting a vision of the future.” Commenting on the essential nature of the show, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard, stated that: “Baselworld continues to be the most important event for the watchmaking and jewellery industry. It is also a unique networking opportunity in terms of brand communication.” He added that at this year’s show, “the overall mood was positive and the level of business conducted satisfactory.” This sentiment was shared by Frédéric Grangié, President of CHANEL Watches and Fine Jewellery who concurred saying: “Baselworld is essential to the watch industry, it enables us year on year to display our creativity and know-how to the most important opinion leaders, journalists and watch retailers.” Baselworld is an essential date in the calendars of internationally renowned retailers and buyers because it offers them the opportunity to discover and explore the innovations, creations and new collections that are unveiled here. What makes Baselworld additionally indispensable is the show’s renown as a market mood and trend barometer. Willie Hamilton, Chief Executive of the Company of Master Jewellers, UK, clearly states that “Baselworld is the most important show of the year for Continued on page 35

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Turner & Simpson (Medals) Source: Jewellery Quarter Heritage

Turner & Simpson, a partnership, (First registered Trade Mark 1912) were manufacturers of Medals, Cups, Shields, Badges, Spoons, Enamelled Goods, Souvenirs, Civic Regalia, etc. and occupied the premises at 12/16 Legge Lane from Edwardian times until 1984, when they were acquired by the Birmingham Mint.

an able business man. His youthful inclination was predominantly towards the arts and he confesses that it so far influenced him in his early twenties as to induce him to wear his hair in the manner of Irving and to acquire a picturesque hat and an Inverness cape. His irrepressible talent even lost him his first job, when a customer complained that grotesque caricatures had been drawn on the letters of an invoice heading. When, in 1912, he partnered Mr. H. W. Simpson in founding the firm of Turner & Simpson Ltd., he had already gained considerable experience both in and outside the trade and had become manager and designer to a firm of medallists. The artistic side of medal production has been developed under this admirable partnership and the firm has made many fine pieces of civic regalia and other work of distinction which commemorate historic occasions in many countries. To-day these activities have gone by the board, for medals and like products have given place to munitions.

In. recent years Mr. Turner has done much estimable work for the trade in general as a member of the Birmingham Association. He has served as Hon. Treasurer and Hon Secretary, he is chairman of the medallists’ section, and also a member of the Executive, the Vigilance, Art and Technical and Employers’ Labour Committees and of the Export Group. Many people in Birmingham will remember the excellent tableau representing the trade which he produced for the city’s centenary pageant a few years ago. Apart from this, he has not been given much to public activity; he describes himself as a “domesticated animal who goes straight home at night.” He has been in Freemasonry for 23 years. He occasionally wields a golf club or a billiard cue, but without distinction. Altogether he is very modest, but one boast he will make, “I have worked just about as hard as anybody can.” He is an excellent man to have at the top in these hard times, for he is energetic and a good, engaging talker and he has ideas and ideals concerning the future. Mr. Turner has two sons serving in the Forces, both of whom were formerly in the trade.

Birmingham Pageant July 1938 - Jewellers in The Pageant Source: Goldsmiths Journal 1938

Birmingham’s New President Source: Birmingham Jewellers’ Association

‘Mr. W. Stewart Turner, the new President of the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association, is joint managing director of Turner & Simpson Ltd., one of the best-known firms in the trade producing medals and silverware. He is 65 and he entered the trade at the age of 14 to work as a junior clerk for a now extinct firm in Frederick Street exactly opposite the offices of the Birmingham Jewellers’ Association. “It has taken me fifty years to cross the road,” he says, and while he himself would be the first to deplore the suggestion that his is a “success story,” his achievement is one which a man may be proud of. His firm has done as truly creditable work as any in the trade and much of its advancement can be attributed to Mr, Turner’s combining in an unusual degree the qualities of a good draughtsman, a good traveller, and

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‘The jewellery trade in Birmingham ranks among the city’s major industries, and it is fitting, therefore, that it should be represented in the gigantic historical pageant which is being arranged as the main feature of the town’s centenary Charter celebrations in July. Eight thousand men and women will take part in the pageant which will trace the history of Birmingham from pre-historic times to the present day. Gold and silverware and jewellery will have their place in the final procession of vehicles representing Birmingham’s chief industries, while included amongst the outstanding personalities in the town’s history also introduced into the epilogue is Mathew Boulton, inventor of Sheffield plate and founder of the Birmingham Assay Office. He also partnered James Watt in developing the steam engine. Much admiration was expressed for the tableau staged by the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association. The platform, draped in white,

showed a period garbed designer and aproned silversmith at work. A monster flap-jack opened at the front and from it stepped two dancers, who, with the aid of ballet girls dressed to symbolise precious and semi-precious stones, performed a jewel ballet. Modern jewellery was portrayed by Miss Ena Pickering in the tableau of beauty, while gold and silver were represented by Miss Frances Hill and Miss Ena Meader. The Tableau was produced by Mr. W. S. Turner of Turner and Simpson Ltd. Hockley, Birmingham.’

January 1942

1. (Obverse) A Fine Portrait Medal, 3” in diameter, commemorating an outstanding event in the history of the War, marking the closer co-operation between the United States and the British Empire for the prosecution of the war and making of a just peace. 2. (Reverse) On past historical occasions - the coronation of King Edward VII and our present King and Queen, and the Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary - we produced medals of distinction. This Atlantic Charter medal will be found worthy of inclusion in medal collections of the past. * Owing to our staff being engaged upon war work we cannot produce these medals, but this and Peace medals will be available when the good times come again’.

For a Great Occasion: British Empire & Commonwealth Games 1958 Source: British Jeweller 1958

‘We are privileged to produce these Medals which are being supplied to

passing some of the dies to four other firms in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. They were Marples and Beasley Ltd., 258 to 260 New John Street West, Joseph Fray, Ltd., 36 Albion Street, Birmingham; Alfred J. Palmer Stampings, Ltd, York Terrace, Hockley Hill; and R A Hughes, 25 Branston Street. The order was finally dispatched with a fortnight to spare in 76 crates each weighing three hundredweights. the order of Messrs. L R Crouch (Cardiff) Ltd, and W H Maton Ltd, Cardiff for the forthcoming British Empire and Commonwealth Games, 1958, to be held at Cardiff in July. The Commemorative Medal is from the prize-winning design by a member of our design staff which was successful in the competition held last year (1957) in connection with this event.’

‘Guns or Butter? Source: British Jeweller, December 1944

‘In our case it happens to be ‘munitions or medals’. Our name is associated by everyone in this trade with medal manufacture and die-sinking of the very highest class. But today there is more urgent work for our plant and our skilled craftsmen, and we are making components for the vital weapons of war. If we refuse orders for our peacetime productions, we do so regretfully. But you shall be the judge. Which is more important? An example of our work is illustrated in the silver brooches showing President Roosevelt and Mr. Winston Churchill.’

They Made a Million Medals Source: Goldsmith’s Journal 1956

The pooling by four firms of their resources has enabled a fifth, Turner

Jewellery Quarter Restoration Success Source: Hockley Flyer No. 3 March 1984

The demand for accommodation in a new and imaginative renovation programme in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has seen half of the available space taken or reserved in just three

months. An extensive £100,000 restoration project has been undertaken by builders and developers William Sapcote & Sons in Albion Street, Hockley. There, the firm refurbished approximately 6,000 sq.ft. of workshop and office accommodation. The former Turner and Simpson works at the junction of Albion Street and Legge extended to approx. 16,000 sq.ft. when bought by Sapcotes. Around 10,000 sq.ft was demolished and remaining accommodation completely modernised, split into individual units. May 2017

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and Simpson, Ltd., 12 to 16 Legge Lane, Birmingham, to complete on time a contract for 1,000,000 medals for distribution to Nigerian schoolchildren in commemoration of the visit to Nigeria of HM The Queen, and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. When the order was received by the firm on November 18th, 1956, it was thought impossible to fulfil in the time given, the deadline being January 31, the firm took the unusual course of


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Exhibitions  MAY


A range ofhigh quality fine art textile practice that offers a different perspective on the medium of fabric and thread to demonstrate the vitality of contemporary stitched textiles.


An exhibition alive with the botanical wonders of the forest, ‘Into The Woods’ showcases ceramics, jewellery and textiles inspired by the flora and fauna of Britain’s woodlands. Work on display includes textural ceramics, jewellery inspired by insects, floral textiles and much more, so there is sure to be something for every taste.


An exhibition of work by finalists in a competition for A Level Art students, organised by West Midlands Area of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies to celebrate the national NADFAS AGM 2017 in Birmingham.


Argentea is a gallery dedicated to showing the very best contemporary photography. Martin John Callanan is an artist researching an individual’s place within systems.This exhibition comprises a trilogy of interconnected works that examines the role of technology and data and how it relates to the human condition in an age of hyper information.

18 - 10 Jun PRIZE 2017

With a £1,000 cash top prize, this annual exhibition attracts creative talent from across the country! Prizes, donors and key dates for entering the exhibition will be available shortly. Previous Prize winner, Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton ARBSA will be demonstrating her creative practice on Saturday 20 May.


Birmingham has been at the forefront of designer-maker craft production for over two centuries and is an artistic hub famed for the production of ‘manufactured arts’. ‘Brilliance in Birmingham’ will celebrate this rich tradition by showcasing the craftsmanship that continues to be practised to the highest standard by today’s local makers. .


Jain McKay ARBSA. A selection of new small-scale works on canvas, which have been inspired or influenced by Jain’s studies of the Old Masters. Solo Show.


Hannah Northam ARBSA. Come and explore this collection of sculptural works by Hannah. Her pieces are informed by the relationship between the human form and the compelling forces of the natural world. Solo Show.

29 - 15 Jul SECOND CITY

Wayne Attwood RBSA. A continuing visual exploration of Britain’s second largest city - Birmingham. Solo Show.


Close friends Johanna Ashby ARBSA and Majella O’Neill Collins exhibit their different approaches to expressing in art their love of the West Cork Coastline.


This year our New Curator volunteers have selected a range of watercolours by RBSA artists to explore and champion this often overlooked medium.

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29 - 22 Jul JULY FRIENDS 2017

Our annual display of artwork by the Friends promotes their range of artistic talents and acknowledges their importance to the Society. Enter online or send a SAE to the gallery. This exhibition is exclusively open to Friends of the RBSA working in all media. Works including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking are all welcome entries. This year, photography can also be accepted. Deadline - entry form must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 14 June.

Demonstrations  MAY


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Ideally for families, these sessions introduce some basic stitching techniques together with an array of unusual materials. Led by Julieanne Long along with a selection of other Prism artists. Free, drop-in session, no need to book


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Following her success at last year’s Prize exhibition, Gabrielle will demonstrate how she creates the powerful imagery in her oil paintings using a layering technique. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. To coincide with the Prize exhibition


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Jo Naden RBSA will be showing us how to make your own medals. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. To coincide with the Prize exhibition


@ 2.00 - 4.00pm. A lot of visitors are surprised to hear that Nigel’s artwork is created with watercolour. Join us to see his distinctive method of using the medium to portray colourful landscapes. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. To coincide with New Curators: Watercolour exhibition.


@ 2.00 - 4.30pm. Enjoy the wild west coast of Ireland and a glass of wine with exhibitors Johanna Ashby ARBSA and Majella O’Neill Collins. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. Join us for a glass of wine!

Auctions  MAY


@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of Designer items at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers

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@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of vintage jewellery and accessories at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of watches and watch parts at Fellows Auctioneers

Live Entertainment  MAY


When Morris and Jean win the National Lottery to the tune of two million pounds – they can’t believe their luck. But the cracks in their marriage widen, their past catches up with them and their relatives become increasingly resentful. See website to book


“Gospel Central is an outstanding group and one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets – full of passion and fantastic musicianship.” This monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene gives an urban and contemporary edge to Gospel music. A must see!


A terrific guitarist and vocalist, Simon Faulkner brings his new band to the Jam House for an entertaining range of jazz funk, soul and dance classics from the seventies through to the present day.


@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Hosted by JQBID. The second of our summer in the Golden Square gigs. Saxophonist Robbie Fearon and his band will be performing in the Golden Square.


@7.45pm Birmingham Jazz at the Red Lion. Line Up: Henry Lowther – Trumpet; Jim Mullen – Guitar; Dave Green – Bassist and drummer Stu Butterfield


An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites.

13 U2OPIA- A Tribute To U2

Reformed by original founding members Rob and Steve, with a new line-up and new songs, the band aim to bring the concept of U2’s globally renowned live shows to the smaller stages of the world. Offering a wealth of individual experience between the band members, and accessing a 40-year back catalogue, U2opia – A Tribute To U2 aim to deliver world-class performances – all the sights, sounds and emotions of a ‘Real’ U2 show.

16 JAZZLINES presents ... LUCINDA

Lucinda’ is a Birmingham based Neo-Soul band with jazz influences led by vocalist Lucinda Fosker. In October 2016, the band released their debut album ‘Walking Blind’. The album consists of original songs written by Lucinda, with a special guest performance from saxophonist Soweto Kinch.


Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s.. They like to keep this precious musical heritage alive faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it with a modern twist.

18 A tribute to ... UB40

The legendary UB40 – probably the greatest Reggae band to come out of the UK, have produced so many hits over the past three decades. Johnny2Bad is a collection of some of the best Birmingham musicians that celebrate the songs of classic UB40.


Birmingham Promoters present: Dune Rats - Behind the three chords and drug-soaked lyrics is a whole lot of hard work, planning and in the case of the band’s second album, a fair bit of self-reflection. The Gooch Palms - Emerging from the sleepy suburbs of post-industrial Newcastle, Australia, the gonzo-punk sweethearts hone their unique style of indie-doo-wop-bubblegum-punk.


12.30pm - B’ham Jazz at the Red Lion - Tony Levin Drum Prize 14.30pm - B’ham Jazz at the Coffee Tales - Dave Ferris Organ Trio 17.00pm - B’ham Jazz at the Red Lion - Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet 20.00pm - B’ham Jazz at the Red Lion - The Bryan Corbett National All Star Band


10.30am - B’ham Jazz at Saint Kitchen - Bryan Corbett Trio 14.00pm - B’ham Jazz at the Red Lion - Ornette Coleman Tribute 17.00pm - B’ham Jazz at the Red Lion - Brian Corbett Quartet + 1 20.00pm - B’ham Jazz at the Red Lion - Kate Williams Four Plus Three


11.30am - B’ham Jazz at Saint Kitchen - Nick Dewhurst Quintet 13.00pm - B’ham Jazz at Saint Kitchen - Sean Gibbs Quintet 15.30pm - B’ham Jazz at University College - Bryan Corbett’s Local Stars 17.30pm - B’ham Jazz at University College - Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents 20.00pm - B’ham Jazz at University College - Partisans


The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs!

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12.00pm - 2.30pm Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the Smith & Pepper Tearoom at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter with the exceptionally talented Esther Turner. Esther has supported the likes of Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran and has been a popular and well-loved singer in Birmingham for many years. Her style is acoustic/ indie/rock and her influences are Joni Mitchell and Lana Del Rey. Free event. Admission charge to the museum still applies.


Born out of a long-running feature on local radio, The Wedding Crashers are a lively piano & drums duo that play an incredible range of songbook classics.


Birmingham Promoters present: Parekh & Singh Dream-pop duo from Kolkata, India. On their debut album Ocean, these office dreamers have conjured nine glowing tracks of cosmic pop that shimmer like an Indian sunset.


Patsy returns to the Jam House with her smooth and sassy mix of groovin’ jazz, fused with savvy undertones of Delta and Chicago blues. The Revelators feature James Crosdale, double bassist Hugh ‘DirtyB’ Graham, drums and percussion; Sam ‘Spoon’ Rogers; David Austin Grey, keyboards, and Patsy Fuller, singer, songwriter, and bandleader.

25 LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO

On the last Thursday of every month, there is a distinct Latin vibe to the Jam House with the sounds of the popular Salsa nine-piece DEL CAMINO supported by Mauricio Reyes and his army of LatinMotion DJs & dancers. Salsa taster dance workshop from 9pm.


@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Hosted by JQBID - The third of our summer in the Golden Square gigs. Trumpeter Sean Gibbs and his band will be performing in the Golden Square.

26 & 27 SOLID SOUL

Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz.

27 - 03 Jun THE WITCHES

This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in an English seaside hotel. During the struggle, Boy gets turned into a mouse. See website to book


The ‘Acoustic Sessions’ is a monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene.To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030.


Simon “Honeyboy” Hickling is widely acclaimed as the finest harmonica player on the current British blues scene. A superb musician and a fine blues singer, he is backed by a terrific band that features Bob Wilson, Tony Baylis and Frank Walker.

31 THE CHAMPS + Special Guests

Champs, aka brothers Michael and David Champion mark their return with news of a brand new track ‘The Garden Is Overgrown’ released via Play It Again Sam.

 JUNE 01 Funk ‘n’ Soul Night Out presents ... THE CHRISTIANS

As part of their 30th Anniversary Tour, funky chart-toppers, the Christians, take the stage with their hit singles including Forgotten Town, Hooverville, Ideal World, and Born Again, and their versions of Harvest for the World, and Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm An evening of Tapas and great

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music at St Pauls Club Food to please the palate and music to please the ear. Dont miss this great themed night out. Cost: £27.95


Birmingham Promoters present: The Young - Strong musicianship, infectious melodies and energetic stage presence. Yungblud - this musician has created his own blend of alternative rock: poetry, guitarhooks and break-beats. Mantra - young Indie band with hints of surf and psychedelic rock with a DIY approach.


Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Up 4 The Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and more.


Celebrating the days when Cool was King, Roger Bird & Steve Pinnock are the WYZE GUYZ, presenting a shaken but not stirred cocktail of swing classics and kitsch anthems from the 20th century, with few pleasant surprises thrown in!


“Gospel Central is an outstanding group and one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets – full of passion and fantastic musicianship”. This monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene gives an urban and contemporary edge to Gospel music.


Birmingham Promoters present: Electric Pyramid fresh from touring with Queen and recording their debut album, the four-piece rock band born of a collective of musicians from the North London thriving music scene.

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The 3 Sixties is a five piece R&B / soul group authentically recreating the sounds & style of the Swinging Sixties. Delivering high quality performances, the group’s attention to detail and musicianship takes the audience on a journey through the decade.


@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Hosted by JQBID - The fourth of our summer in the Golden Square gigs. Guitarist Jack Kinsella and his band will be performing in the Golden Square.


@7.45pm Birmingham Jazz at the Red Lion. This is a collective and forward looking group playing compositions by each member of the trio. Their compositions are centered around an ethos of melodic and harmonic simplicity and are very listenable. The band features one of the most important and original drummers on the European Jazz scene, Antonio Fusco (Giovanni Falzone Contemporary Orchestra, Tino Tracanna Acrobats) and superb Danish bassist Henrik Jensen (Followed by Thirteen) as well was top UK pianist Bruno Heinen.

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Rock this weekend with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, Nelly, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Oasis and James Brown.


Carl is a strong musical force that never fails to impress his audiences wherever the road takes him. A regular at the Jam House, he has performed at many of the countries top music festivals, theatres and venues, and is also beginning to develop his international reputation.


‘90s indie-starlets, Jesus Jones bound on stage at the Jam House this evening. Celebrating a thirty-year career with their bouncy indie-electronica that produced a string of UK hits, including “Info Freako”, “Real Real Real”, “International Bright Young Thing” and a US number 1 with “Right Here, Right Now”

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@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. This is your invitation to a business briefing and lunch hosted by the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) which is part of Aston University. This exclusive briefing for SMEs only has 12 places available. It will take place at St Paul’s Club.


@ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. If you work in the Commercial Property Market why not join us for lunch. St Paul’s Club is a 154 year old club based in the heart of Birmingham in a wonderful Georgian House in St Paul’s Square. A hidden gem! Tickets are £20 (plus Eventbrite fee) each which includes a 2 course lunch and drink at the table.


@ 4.30pm - 6:30pm. Come along to our informal networking event at 1000 Trades Neighbourhood Bar & Kitchen and chat with ambitious businesses like yours. Guest speakers every month. We look forward to you joining us for a catch-up. In conjunction with GetSet for Growth and Arkade Property. First Thursday in every month. Save the date.


@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. This is your invitation to a business briefing and lunch hosted by Aston University. This business briefing is aimed at a wide range of industries and will tell you how you can join their new membership group- The Technology Network. Membership is fully funded for SMEs based in Birmingham and Solihull, the Black Country, Staffordshire and the Marches.


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This one day course offers basic level training for jewellery technologists and costume jewellery and fashion accessories buyers who wish to understand new and current EU and USA product legislation and testing requirements BEFORE supplying products for sale to consumers. £225 per delegate + vat.


13:00 – 14:30 & 14:30 – 16:00. Learning Calligraphy Sessions and Demonstrations are held in the Callicreative Room and designed for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. Calligraphy materials can be purchased from the Museum shop although bringing along your own equipment is fine. £7.50 per person.


This course has been designed to help Jewellery Retailers look at their business with fresh eyes and create a effective strategy for marketing relevant to their on-line or bricks and mortar business. £180.


This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C’s and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. £275 per delegate + vat


This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and the key selling points for each one. A practical session looking at gemstones will give participants greater confidence in identifying coloured stones and their imitations. £275 per delegate + vat


This is a hands-on course designed for those who already have knowledge of Coloured Gemstones and will reveal the inside story about gemstone treatments. Under the expert tuition of Gwyn Green, delegates will study a range of sample stones and learn some important lessons about detecting treatments and recognising the tell-tale signs that a stone is not entirely natural. £275 per delegate + vat.


This one day introductory course will give you a fascinating insight into jewellery types and styles, from the late 18th Century through to the mid-20th Century. The hands on course focuses on the more affordable everyday jewellery of each period, and provides key information for dating jewellery on stylistic grounds. This will involve discussing Diamond cuts, Gemstone types, hallmarks and jewellery construction. £225 per delegate + vat


Wanting to create jewellery that is not responsible for any exploitation people or the planet is a powerful call to action.This course has been designed to help you become an Ethical Jeweller or Jewellery Company by providing you with the essential information required to create a strategy for change. £180.


This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C’s and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. £275 per delegate + vat


This workshop is intended to educate and inspire NAJ Students as they develop a career in the Jewellery Industry. It offers relevant hands on experience which would not necessarily be available in the retail environment.


Calling all artists and managers, join us... Come along for an overview of the MMF’s essentials of music management including management contracts, income streams and royalties, accounting & finance and releasing and marketing a record, being run in partnership with our Birmingham Tribe.


This is a hands on course designed for those who have a basic understanding of diamonds. This one day course gives delegates a chance to see and handle diamond simulants, synthetics and treated diamonds giving them confidence in identifying them in the retail environment. £275 per delegate + vat.


This course is a combination of presentation combined with handling practical examples and is intended for those involved in either buying, authenticating or valuing watches whether as a business or for private interest. This one day course will provide a detailed insight into fake watches and how to identify them, as well as examining watches that started out as authentic but have subsequently been modified. £295 per delegate + vat May 2017

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Workshop with JainMcKay ARBSA. To coincide with our ‘New Curators: Watercolour’ show, explore how to paint a still-life and portrait in watercolour. All materials will be provided, as well as some interesting and colourful props to help you get creative. This workshop forms a great introduction to painting for children and adults alike. Booking essential. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Price £6 per child


This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and the key selling points for each one. A practical session looking at gemstones will give participants greater confidence in identifying coloured stones and their imitations. £275 per delegate + vat


This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the value of jewellery. This includes retailers, pawnbrokers, auctioneers and those involved in consumer complaints or insurance replacement. It is expected that delegates have some experience of jewellery and gemstones. The intensive one day course will give delegates confidence and knowledge, providing an understanding of the methodology and many different approaches required to produce a fair jewellery valuation, appropriate to its intended use. £225 per delegate + vat

Tours, Walks & Talks  MAY


@ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. £8.50. Join Gemma Freeman from William H Painter Funeral Directors who will help dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding death, dying and funerals. The event also includes a guided tour g Newman Brothers Factory, plus refreshments.


@ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. A luncheon honouring the former Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Sir Bernard Zissman. In a long and distinguished carrer in business and local government Sir Bernard has left his mark on the city having led the team that created the ICC.


@ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Guest Speaker Paul Kehoe is the CEO of Birmingham Airport, President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Marketing Birmingham. Dont miss the chance to meet and hear this fascinating speaker and enjoy a great dinner too


@ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. £10.00. Join us as part of the National Museums At Night Event. Take part in a candlelit tour of the Coffin Works Factory opened by the Newman Brothers. Find out about the fascinating traditions surrounding Victorian funeral practice in an informative, illustrated talk led by Josie Wall.


@ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Join us in this informal event where Verity Milligan will be talking about the inspiration and processes behind her iconic images currently on display at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.


1.00pm - 3.00pm. Create your own bracelet inspired by Smith & Pepper jewellery using paper beads and wire! £1.50 per child – drop in activity.

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Join us for a lively walk around the historic Jewellery Quarter and learn interesting facts about the history of this renowned area, its buildings and businesses.The heritage walks will focus on the jewellery trade but also encompass many other aspects of the Jewellery Quarter’s rich history. Please meet your guide on the corner of Newhall Street and Charlotte Street outside the old Assay Office. £6 per person. Pre-booking essential. 0121 348 8263 or book online


13:00 – 14:30 & 14:30 – 16:00. Learning Calligraphy Sessions and Demonstrations are held in the Callicreative Room and designed for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. Calligraphy materials can be purchased from the Museum shop although bringing along your own equipment is fine. £7.50 per person.


@ 10:30 pm - 12:30 pm “Boulton would be proud” provides an overview of the long history and success of Assay Office Birmingham since it was founded as a result of Matthew Boulton’s efforts in 1773. The talk will take a glimpse back into the early history of the Office, the reasons Boulton fought so hard for it and the factors which have driven its growth and survival over the past 243 years. £17.50

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The ‘Golden Triangle’ and the ‘Industrial Middle’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to survive by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.

New Applications 2017/03710/PA 48-52 Vittoria Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3PE. Prior Approval for change of use from office (Use Class B1[a]) to 4 Residential units (Use Class C3). 24-04-2017 2017/03424/PA 14-15 Frederick Street Sovereign Hall Birmingham B1 3HE. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations in association with change of use. 12-04-2017 2017/03296/PA 14-15 Frederick Street Sovereign Hall Birmingham B1 3HE. Change of use from Use Class A3 (food and drink) to furniture showroom with ancillary uses. 12-04-2017 2017/03225/PA Land fronting Carver Street and 120 Pope Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EG. Erection of a part three/four and five storey development to provide 30 one, two and three bed apartments with associated parking, infrastructure and landscaping. 10-042017 2017/03081/PA The Flag House 16 Graham Street Ladywood Birmingham B1 3JR. Listed Building Consent for the non-reinstatement of flag pole. 06-042017 2017/02912/PA 12-13 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3ED Listed Building Consent for the installation of single storey glass structure to rear. 29-03-2017 2017/02817/PA 12-13 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3ED Installation of single storey glass structure to rear. 29-03-2017 2017/02371/PA 18-19 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1AR. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1[a]) to residential (Use Class C3). 15-03-2017 2017/02293/PA 36 Hylton Street Patken House Hockley Birmingham B18 6HN. Internal and external alteration to form office / work suites (Use class A1/B1)

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and associated works to front and rear elevations 15-03-2017 2017/02199/PA 168 Warstone Lane Birmingham B18 6NP. Display of 2 externally illuminated fascia signs, 1 non illuminated projecting sign, 1 non-illuminated freestanding sign and 1 non-illuminated sign. 13-03-2017 2017/02168/PA 16-17 Caroline Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TR Erection of 2 storey extension and external alterations to front elevation in association with the creation of 6 residential units at first and second floors and retention of ground floor office use with mezzanine floor. 10-03-201 2017/02184/PA 30-34 Vittoria Street City Centre Birmingham B1 3PE. Partial demolition and associated works connected with the conversion of the building to create 7 residential apartments and retain 1 commercial unit (Use Class B1) at ground floor and basement level. 08-03-2017 2017/02085/PA 30-34 Vittoria Street City Centre Birmingham B1 3NU. Listed Building Consent for partial demolition, repair and restoration works associated with a proposal to convert 30-34 Vittoria Street to 7 residential apartments and retain 1 commercial unit (Use Class B1) at ground floor and basement level. 08-03-2017

Awaiting Decision 2017/02354/PA 25 Caroline Street Unit 4 City Centre Birmingham B3 1UE. Change of use from office (Use class B1) to hairdressers and salon treatments (Use class A1). 16-03-2017 2017/02442/PA 22-24 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PE. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1[a]) to residential (Use Class C3). 14-03-2017 2017/02040/PA Land at Newhall Square Newhall Street / Charlotte Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1RU. Erection of two buildings and change of use of existing listed building to create 221 residential units varying between 5 and 11 storeys and 4 ground floor commercial units (A1, A3, B1) together with provision of a public square and 61 car parking spaces and associated works. 07-03-2017 2017/01925/PA 43-49 Northwood Street Birmingham B3 1TX Minor material amendment to planning application 2016/00311/PA to replace plot 8 multi storey duplex apartment with 3 individual apartments. 02-03-2017 2017/01760/PA Land fronting George Street & Holland Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B3 1QQ.

Demolition of 21 George Street and redevelopment of site to comprise the erection of a new four storey University building (Use Class D1) with ancillary uses: offices (Use Class B1), health facility (Use Class D1), exhibition space (Use Class D1) and gym (Use Class D2) plus 158 space multi-storey car park, access, surface parking, landscaping and external alterations to McIntyre House. 27-022017 2017/01705/PA 41-42 Tenby Street North Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EG. Minor Material Amendment to approval 2016/07913/PA to relocate refuse store, remove a staircase at the western side of the building, provide a concierge office, provide increased parking provision and provide steel link at 2nd and 3rd floors between proposed wings. 24-02-2017 2017/00887/PA 2-4 Summer Hill Terrace Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3CA. Listed Building Consent for a change of use of commercial offices (Use class B1) into ten 1 no. and 2 no. bedroom apartments (Use class C3). 31-01-2017 2017/00204/PA Former Kettleworks Land Bound By Icknield Street/Pope Street/Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AG. Variation Of Condition number 1 (minor amendment to approved drawings) of approval 2016/00413/PA to accommodate 1 additional residential unit and variation, to conditions 10 (parking Area), 16 (CCTV) and 18 (air quality monitoring and mitigation) to allow details to be submitted prior to occupation. 11-01-2017 2017/00002/PA Land at Sloane Street, Camden Street, Camden Drive, Camden Grove & Legge Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3BX. Redevelopment of site to include selective demolition of existing buildings, refurbishment and alterations to retained buildings, erection of new build to provide 136 dwellings and associated works. 03-01-201 2016/09339/PA 156 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NT. Listed building consent for change of use, internal and external alterations and erection of three storey rear extensions to form 14 no. apartments. 07-11-2016 2016/09245/PA 156 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NT. Change of use, extensions, alterations and limited demolition and ancillary development to form 14 no. apartments. 07-11-2016

New Decisions 2017/02536/PA Regent House 50 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HR. Prior Approval for change of use of upper floors from offices (Use Class B1[a]) to

2017/02058/PA Flat 3 36 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3EE. Listed Building Consent for internal works to include minor fixings into existing brick walls to create a storage mezzanine deck, internal free-standing joinery, reconfigurations to internal wall to allow for new partition to bathroom. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2017/01968/PA Aqua House 20-25 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1AQ. NonMaterial Amendment to approval 2016/08290/PA for the introduction of an additional transom to 3 no. ground floor windows on the front elevation. Final Decision - Approve 2017/01626/PA 55 Regent Place Hockley Birmingham B1 3NJ. Minor material amendment to planning approval 2011/02781/PA to retain additional floor space at third floor level within the roof void and retain roof lights in rear roof slope. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/01353/PA 32 Regent Place City Centre Birmingham B1 3NJ. Listed Building Consent for alterations to the design of approved internal raised walkway and glazed infill roof (Amendments to listed building consent 2016/09148/PA) Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/00400/PA 12 St Paul’s Square Birmingham B3 1RB. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations to the basement. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.

You must register any objections to the above applications online at www., or writing direct to Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B4 7DJ, quoting the Planning Application number. Remember, there is a restriction against inappropriate housing within the Golden Triangle and the Industrial Middle - but your objections still need to be recorded!

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anyone who is serious about buying and selling timepieces. For the UK independent retailer, it is not only a chance to see and buy the latest watch trends, view new jewellery brands and buy precious gemstones, but it offers a chance to network with the most important players in our industry and catch up with our peers both in the UK and across the globe.” “Nowhere else in the world does so much expertise and know-how come together as at Baselworld,” said Kim-Eva Wempe, Managing Director Juwelier Wempe, Gerhard D. Wempe KG, Germany. She added that: “It’s important for us to have the greatest possible number of our employees here.” Greg Simonian, President, Westime, USA, is of the opinion that “Baselworld is truly unique, it’s the only chance I have every year to see virtually everyone from the industry.” “I attend for the innovations that are introduced, but also to participate in the single most important gathering of the world’s watch community,” says long-term attendee Michael Tay, Group Managing Director of leading luxury watch retail group, The Hour Glass Ltd. Singapore, who is convinced that “the opportunities for week-long engagement, exchange and learning are second to none.” An impressive number of accredited journalists and those following from afar are a clear indicator of the immense interest generated by the show internationally. News of the novelties and latest collections from Baselworld are relayed instantly to every corner of the planet creating a singular global impact with repercussions that last for a whole year. More than 4,400 representatives of the press from print, television, radio and digital from over 70 countries attended the show underlining the unmissable character of Baselworld. Paying further tribute to the global reach and significance of this show, an overwhelming 86,000! (vs 11,000 in 2016) viewers around the world followed the Baselworld 2017 press conference in real time. Rachael Taylor, Contributing Journalist, Financial Times: “Baselworld is an invaluable barometer of the year ahead, both in terms of design innovation and direction, and also how the marketing is reacting to current oppor-

tunities. Attending the show this year has given me a snapshot of the global industry and I’ll be leaving armed with fresh story ideas, new contacts and an Instagram feed bursting with some of the most inspiring new products the market has to offer.” Karan Karer, Editor/Associate Director, Hours & Minutes Australia: “Baselworld is an institution, rather than just a show; it’s THE place to be for all the watch and jewellery manufacturers. A show of this scale has never been done before.” Karishma Karer, Editor, Hands on Time: “I think Baselworld sets the trend and the mood for the year; it sets the benchmark for how the year is going to pan out, both in terms of the tone and the products.” “Golden editorial opportunities,” says Maria Doulton, Editor-in-Chief of The Jewellery Editor, explaining why she travels to Basel. “Baselworld offers a great overview of what is really happening. We get months’ worth of editorial, insight, great interviews and fantastic content for social media – this is exactly what we’re looking for.” Fo r A r i e l A d a m s , Fo u n d i n g Owner and Editor, a BlogtoWatch: “Baselworld is a pivotal moment for our business as we get more traffic to a BlogtoWatch than at any other time of year.” Baselworld 2017 was once more the global point of convergence where the leading players in the watch and jewellery industry shone in the spotlight for a full eight days. Reflecting on the show, Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, said: “Baselworld once again gave the sector a positive impulse by putting it on a pedestal to shine. The passion behind the innovative spirit that distinguishes the industry has been reaffirmed.”



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THE JEWELLERY QUARTER HISTORY AND GUIDE On sale direct from YBA. Order soon as limited supplies remain.

The Jewellery Quarter History and Guide 2nd edition has over 150 photographs, many of which are unique, and has 148 pages packed with the history of the Jewellery Quarter, and makes an ideal gift for anyone who has memories of the Jewellery Quarter, or for those keen on the development of the area. Note published over 20 years ago so some of the content has changed considerably! It costs £7.32 inc Post & Packing.

Online at: - save 95p Or pay by Cheque/Postal Order payable to YBA Publications 31 Cedarwood Croft, Great Barr, BIRMINGHAM B42 1HS Please send me __________copy of the Jewellery Quarter History and Guide 2nd Edition. NAME .................................................................................................................................. ADDRESS ......................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................... POSTCODE .............................................................................................................................

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