Temple Newsam, Leeds, LS15 0AE



Open to the Public



Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces

Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses.

‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid.

The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners.

  • Junko Mori
  • Willaume & Tanqueray
  • Miriam Hanid
  • Thomas Pitts

Events Programme

Talk: Miriam Hanid
Date: 9 June 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required.

Event: Silversmithing Demonstration
Date: 10 June 2017
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm and 12.30 – 1.30pm

Talk: Surtouts, Epergnes and ‘Grands Platts Menages’: Silver and ceramic centrepieces of the 18th century
Presented by: James Lomax (Temple Newsam)
Date: 10 June 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Event: Guided Tour
Date: 10 June 2017
Time: 3.00pm – 3.45pm

Talk: Silver and Yachts: the glamorous possessions of women at Temple Newsam
Presented by: Rachel Conroy (Temple Newsam)
Date: 5 July 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Talk: Shining silver commissions from the Sheffield Assay Office collection; the work of Junko Mori
Presented by: Emma Paragreen (Sheffield Assay Office)
Date: 16 September 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Talk: An eye for design: Rosalinde Gilbert, fashion designer and collector
Presented by: Charlotte Johnson and Hanne Faurby (V&A)
Date: 14 October 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Exhibition Run:

13 May 2017 – 15 October 2017


Temple Newsam, Leeds, LS15 0AE

Experience the beauty and drama of silver at Temple Newsam. For a detailed look into our accompanying events programme and hands-on activities during the school holidays please visit