14th February 2017

The Story of Britain and Gold

Dr Helen Clifford

Helen specialises in the material culture and manufacture of luxury goods in the late 17th and 18th centuries, drawing together curatorial expertise with a background in social and economic history.

She curates her own Museum in North Yorkshire which concentrates on the local lead mining industry, which also fosters several study groups looking at vernacular building, poor law, oral history and archaeology. She works as a freelance  exhibition curator, and is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and understanding of both historic and contemporary silverware. Her most recent major exhibition was 'Gold Power and Allure: the Story of Britain and Gold', was held at the Goldsmiths' Company in London in 2012.

She is a freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Warwick. She is currently writing a history of the Worshipful Company of Grocers.

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

The Hull Literary & Philosophical Society is registered as a Charity No 507226