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Academics go for gold

21st June 2004

Academics go for gold

GOLD is perhaps the most luxurious substance on the planet and preciousness personified. Its also the theme of a unique conference organised by Aston Universitys School of Languages & Social Sciences, which will be held on 25 June in the heart of Birminghams famous Jewellery Quarter.

Gold: Culture and Commerce will explore the theme of gold in culture and industry. It will be held at The British Jewellers Association in Vyse Street.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

In the morning, Peter Taylor, who is Director of Technology and Training at Goldsmiths Hall in London will speak about The Goldsmiths Company: Yesterday Today Tomorrow. He will be joined by Michael Allchin, who is Chief Executive and Assay Master at The Assay Office, Birmingham, who will talk about the Assay office and hallmarking in Britain. Following this Professor Norman Cherry from The School of Jewellery, UCE, Birmingham will give a paper.

After lunch Dylan Carroll will give a talk about gold as a cultural leitmotiv and as a standard, followed by Dr. H�l�ne Stafford, Director of French Studies, Aston University, who will present a paper entitled Faire de la boue de lor: The theme of gold in the works of St�phane Mallarm� (1842-98). Finally, Professor R�diger G�rner who is Director of Research at Aston University and Director of the Institute of Germanic Studies, University of London, will present his paper &in warmen Golde fliessen: On Romantic Metallurgy.

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For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 359 3611 ext 4773 or email s.l.hoban@aston.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

Between 12:00pm 2pm the group will be taking tours of the Jewellery Quarter Discovery Centre and lunch. Press photo opportunity.

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