BIRMINGHAM DAY AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

BIRMINGHAM DAY AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TUESDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2013

THE BIRMINGHAM JEWELLERY QUARTER AND THE BIRMINGHAM ASSAY OFFICE – FLY THE FLAG 

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The Birmingham Assay Office was delighted to have been a part of ‘Birmingham Day’ at The House of Commons on Tuesday 22nd October 2013.

The Event celebrated and showcased ‘Birmingham – the city of pioneers’. It was a fantastic celebration of the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Citizens of Birmingham.

Marion Wilson with Greg Clark, Minister for Cities, inspects the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bowl – Made in Birmingham by Andy Macgowan
Marion Wilson with Greg Clark, Minister for Cities, inspects the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bowl – Made in Birmingham by Andy Macgowan
Penny Parkes, Marketing Manager at The Birmingham Assay Office with the Olympic Torch, manufactured in the region.
Penny Parkes, Marketing Manager at The Birmingham Assay Office with the Olympic Torch, manufactured in the region.

We think it should be Birmingham Day every day!

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and The Birmingham Assay Office Stand.   Pieces on display from local companies which included, Deakin & Francis, L J Millington, Cookson Gold, the Jewellery Innovation Centre and Andy Macgowan.
The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and The Birmingham Assay Office Stand. Pieces on display from local companies which included, Deakin & Francis, L J Millington, Cookson Gold, the Jewellery Innovation Centre and Andy Macgowan.

HELP WITH HALLMARKS APP DEMONSTRATED DURING BIRMINGHAM DAY

Here’s Penny Parkes from Birmingham Assay Office showing the office’s new Help With Hallmarks app.

Birmingham Day – Penny Parkes from Birmingham Assay Office demonstrates the new Help With Hallmarks app - built by Birmingham brains and creativity.
Birmingham Day – Penny Parkes from Birmingham Assay Office demonstrates the new Help With Hallmarks app – built by Birmingham brains and creativity.

The app contains a comprehensive database of UK Assay Offices, date letters (from 1544), fineness and duty and commemorative marks.

The Birmingham Assay Office is a not-for- profit organisation and has been a centre of expert opinion and independent assessment of jewellery and precious metals for nearly 250 years.

Available on both iPhone and iPad as well as Android devices, it enables users to quickly research and identify the date letter on precious metal, jewellery and silverware. The App includes date letters from the eleven key assay offices in the UK, going back as far as 1544.

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Priced at only £9.99, the App also contains useful information relating to hallmarks, and is an invaluable “on the go” tool for retailers, collectors, antique and second hand dealers, silver experts, valuers and students, as well as members of the public who have a general interest in historic hallmarks.

Just Go to iTunes or Google Play store to download – type in Help With Hallmarks –   to go straight to the APP.

How did you ever live without it !

Birmingham Day was set up by Gisela Stuart MP, Richard Burden MP and Steve McCabe MP.

Gisela Stuart Labour MP for Edgbaston
Gisela Stuart Labour MP for Edgbaston

MP Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston) has said: “It is a chance to show people a side of Birmingham they may not know about. The last time the Westminster bubble came to Birmingham was for a party conference, and even then they may not get to see very much of the city. So we are going to show them what Birmingham is all about.”

“It’s also a chance for key people and organisations in the city to speak to each other. We are such a large and diverse city that we don’t always get the chance to do that.”

L-R: Jack Dromey MP, Gisela Stuart MP and Simon Topman (Acme Whistles)
L-R: Jack Dromey MP, Gisela Stuart MP and Simon Topman (Acme Whistles)
L-R: Nina Gill with Marion Wilson
L-R: Nina Gill with Marion Wilson
Susana Mendonça from the BBC interviews Marion Wilson
Susana Mendonça from the BBC interviews Marion Wilson
Good to see local MP Shabana Mahmood on the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham Assay Office Stand.
Good to see local MP Shabana Mahmood on the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham Assay Office Stand.
Susana Mendonça, BBC, with Marion Wilson
Susana Mendonça, BBC, with Marion Wilson

 

Traders from Alum Rock Road – Rock and Roll – Big up to Aftabs!   Bling is definitely the thing in this area of Birmingham....
Traders from Alum Rock Road – Rock and Roll – Big up to Aftabs! Bling is definitely the thing in this area of Birmingham….
Mondelez International – Still Cadbury’s to us!
Mondelez International – Still Cadbury’s to us!
Heaven! Yum yum yum!
Heaven! Yum yum yum!
Pupils from Perry Beeches Academy
Pupils from Perry Beeches Academy 
CBSO playing during Birmingham day at Westminster. Fantastic!
CBSO playing during Birmingham day at Westminster. Fantastic!
A fresh emerging Brummie talent Tara Roberts sang Candles by Daughter – amazing – sign her up. Find her on Youtube.
A fresh emerging Brummie talent Tara Roberts sang Candles by Daughter – amazing – sign her up. Find her on Youtube.
The hallowed hallway leading to The House of Commons
The hallowed hallway leading to The House of Commons
The entrance up to the Jubilee Room
The entrance up to the Jubilee Room

To read more about Birmingham Day visit http://www.assaynews.co.uk/bao/the-birmingham-assay-office-at-birmingham-day/ , a full round up of pictures can also be seen below.

To see The Birmingham Assay Office representing The Jewellery Quarter during Birmingham Day at The House of Commons, check out BBC Midlands Today’s 22.10.13 broadcast –http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dt2nf

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