Anchors Aweigh!

The Anchor is the Birmingham Assay Mark with the Birmingham Assay Office founded by Matthew Boulton the leader of Birmingham’s Lunar Society who met at Boulton’s home Soho House

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Hello, I’m Louise Deakin and I work at Soho House museum as a Visitor Services Assistant. Soho House was the elegant home of industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809.

Portrait of Matthew Boulton by Lemuel Francis Abbot, 1801-03 Portrait of Matthew Boulton by Lemuel Francis Abbot, 1801-03

The other week I was lucky enough to attend the Birmingham Hidden Spaces photography exhibition at Curzon Street Station. Opened in 1838 as a link from London to Birmingham, the station has Grade I listed status and has been closed to the public since 1966.

Curzon Street Station Curzon Street Station

Amongst the photographs on display were those of the Birmingham Assay Office on Newhall Street, in the Jewellery Quarter. Opened in 1773 it initially operated from three rooms in the King’s Head Inn, managed by four staff and only operating on Tuesdays. Upon opening, it’s first customer was industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, who had led the campaign for its establishment in 1773. It later moved to…

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