Roisin Inglesby spoke at the New York Silver Society Lecture on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Her talk was entitled “Blending Handwork and Thought: Henry Wilson’s Designs for Silver.”

Roisin Inglesby
is Assistant Curator of Designs in the Word and Image Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She received her BA in Modern History from Queen’s College, University of Oxford, and her MA from the Bard Graduate Center. At the V&A, Inglesby is currently preparing an exhibition, “Architects As Artists,” which will open in November 2014.

In her talk at the BGC, Inglesby brought attention to Henry Wilson, an accomplished silversmith and jeweler of the English Arts and Crafts Movement. She discussed the importance of Wilson’s role as a designer-craftsman and his teaching role at the Central School of Arts & Crafts and the Royal College of Art during the early decades of the 20th century. Wilson’s textbook Silverwork & Jewellery (London: John Hogg, 1903) outlines his philosophy of design and provides detailed instruction on the practicalities of working with silver.

The New York Silver Society Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from the New York Silver Society.