A world-famous silversmith, Steve Wager, who has worked on the FA Cup and lists the Queen and the Sultan of Brunei, was among the exhibitors in Norfolk this week to launch a silverware exhibition.
The British Silver Week Exhibition, which is being held at 15 venues across the country, and is now open to the public.
“England was once lead the world in this industry but there has been a steep fall over the last 10 years and an English tradition is being lost. These exhibitions are about promoting the silver industry,” says Wager. “There are not many people left in the country doing what I do and the industry is being taken over by Italy, China and India.
“The problem in England is that nobody is buying silver any more. There is a disposable culture in this country and people would rather buy something from IKEA and not care if it breaks. I want to see people take pride in the things they own,” he adds.
The exhibition is visiting places including London, Oxford, Sheffield, Norfolk and Cambridge on various dates up until the end of July.
For more information: www.britishsilverweek.co.uk