The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers

A Captivating Exhibition Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers
This hugely successful exhibition has now closed

Step into the extraordinary world of exquisite craftsmanship and historical significance with the “Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire” exhibition. This awe-inspiring showcase, marking the 400th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, will mesmerize visitors with a stunning collection of over 200 rare and beautiful items made of gold and silver wire sourced from Royalty, the Arts, Military, Ecclesiastical, and Civil sources as well as stunning modern creations.  Many of these objects, never seen before in public, will be on display, inviting audiences of all ages to embark on a spectacular journey.

Unveiling Unparalleled Artistry

Detail from GSWD embroidered crest
Trophy by Freeman Matt Powell photo: Juliet Sheath
Uniform of the State Trumpeter

Prepare to be captivated by the unparalleled artistry showcased at this spectacular exhibition. Delight in the brilliance of gold and silver wiredrawing as you explore exceptional examples crafted over centuries. Each piece tells a story, intricately woven with the lives and times of the individuals who cherished them.

From Regal Splendour to Ecclesiastical Grandeur

Burse of the Great Seal of King Charles II courtesy Weston Park Foundation
Coronation Glove courtesy The Glove Collection Trust
The Jubilee Cope courtesy St Paul’s Cathedral

Witness the grandeur of gold embroidered royal regalia, including remarkable artifacts such as Queen Mary’s coronation robe from 1911 and Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation glove. As a rare treat, glimpse a fragment of the only surviving dress worn by the legendary Queen Elizabeth I. The exhibition goes beyond regal treasures and unveils gold-braided military uniforms, magnificent ecclesiastical vestments, and civic ceremonial robes, many of which were worn during the coronation of King Charles III.

Celebrating the Arts

The exhibition transcends into the realm of arts, showcasing the court suit worn by the renowned Charles Dickens himself. Immerse yourself in the glamour of the theatre and ballet as you marvel at costumes worn by esteemed stars like Helen Mirren and David Tennant. Also the wedding garments worn by Clare Foy and Matt Smith as Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ To add an extra touch of intrigue, renowned milliner David Shilling has specially created a unique hat exclusively for this exhibition.

Charles Dickens Court Suit courtesy The Charles Dickens Museum
Robe of Order of the Garter courtesy Ede & Ravenscroft

Journey Through Livery Companies and Contemporary Creations

Explore the treasures of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, alongside fascinating items from other prestigious livery companies. Witness the craftsmanship of the company’s own Freemen, who will display their outstanding modern creations in the realms of jewellery, silversmithing, and embroidery.

Curated Expertise and City Support


The “Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire” exhibition is curated by Dr. Karen Watts, Curator Emeritus at the Royal Armouries Museum. The City of London Corporation, with its esteemed media, marketing, and exhibition teams, wholeheartedly supports this remarkable event. Anticipating thousands of visitors, the exhibition ensures accessibility for all, with targeted guided tours available for schools, wheelchair users, and the visually impaired.

Event Details

• Dates: 29th September  to 31st December  2023 

• Venue: Guildhall Art Gallery, Basinghall Street, City of London EC2V 5AE

• Opening Hours: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily

• Ticket Information: £10 (£7 concessions)

• Exhibition Catalogue: Available for £12

Supporters of the Exhibition

The staging of this important exhibition has been made possible by the wonderful generosity of our Exhibition Donors