Charlotte Metcalf is the Editor of Great British Brands and the co-presenter of Break Out Culture, a weekly podcast with former Minister of Culture, Lord Vaizey. She is also a film-maker, author and journalist. Every week she’ll be reporting on cultural events, exhibitions, fairs and publications that are of interest to the communities of craftsmen we represent and celebrate, with a particular focus on goldsmiths and silversmiths. Following a break over January, we are now back for 2023.
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Paying homage to Jocelyn Burton, one of Britain’s most talented and remarkable silversmiths and goldsmiths
This January marks 77 years since the late Jocelyn Burton was born. She died in 2020, following a prolonged battle with bowel cancer, but her reputation, as one of the finest craftspeople to have worked with precious metals, lives on.
Jocelyn was always ahead of the game and her time, becoming the first woman to be admitted as a Freeman to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths when she was just 27. Typical of her self-deprecating sense of humour, Jocelyn relished the fact ‘Freeman’ had been crossed out and replaced by ‘Freewoman’ – and framed the certificate. She was made a Freeman – or Freewoman – of the City of London a year later.