The Silver Trust at Belton House
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Throughout the month of August Belton House will be home to a very special exhibition. Gracing the Hondecoeter dining room will be a unique collection of contemporary silver normally used at Downing Street.
The collection, which has witnessed many a great dining occasion, features some of the finest and most intriguing silverware in Britain today and is made up of pieces commissioned by the Silver Trust.
“Having exhibited the collection around the world, this summer represents a chance for the collection to be shown for the first time in what could be called its spiritual home” explains Jeffrey Lassaline of the Silver Trust. “Lord Brownlow loaned Belton's silverware to Downing Street during Margaret Thatcher's term in office. This highlighted the lack of a national collection of silver for government events which in turn led to the creation of the Silver Trust”
The formation of The Silver Trust
The Silver Trust is a charitable trust, established in 1987 in order to promote a wider public knowledge of British contemporary silver by the commissioning of a suite of silver for use at 10 Downing Street.
Following a very generous, anonymous donation in 1990, the Trustees were able to commission leading British silversmiths to create the new collection and in 1993, the collection was given on loan to No 10 Downing Street where it has been used by successive Prime Ministers.
Every year the Silver Trust holds an annual exhibition of the Downing Street silver - usually alternating shows between London and abroad. It is therefore a great honour for Belton House to be chosen as an exhibition space for this remarkable collection.
Viewing the Silver
The Exhibition, which includes a display of silver spoons by Contemporary British Silversmiths in the Breakfast Room, will be open to visitors from Wednesday - Sunday throughout August. Admission is free for National Trust members or for visitors with a house entry ticket. Doors open from 10.30am and last admission is 4.30pm.