Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre and a key figure in the establishment of the charity, has been awarded an MBE for his services to the Jewellery and Silversmithing Industries.
One of 476 MBE recipients, he was named in the Queen’s New Year Honours for “Services to Jewellery & Silversmithing” recognising his extraordinary achievements in supporting UK jewellers, silversmiths and members of the allied industries to protect this ancient craft and grow successful businesses.
Peter Taylor explains: “When I realised that I had been appointed an MBE in the 2021 New Years Honours list, I was frankly amazed and humbled by the award. I have been blessed to work with some amazing people over the years, including the team at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and Goldsmiths’ Company. In many ways this honour is a recognition of their work as well as my own. Goodness knows we all need a boost as we go into 2021 and this was an incredible way to start the New Year. As I reflected upon my 37 years in the trade it reminded me that we can never quite know where we will end up or what we can achieve if we are open to opportunity. Receiving an MBE is undoubtedly the highlight of my career to date and I am incredibly proud that this also reflects positively on the work of so many other people who are passionate about the future of our craft and industry.”
In 1997, Peter played a pivotal role in launching the University of Central England Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC), a technology, training and mentoring facility at Birmingham School of Jewellery that continues to collaborate with local businesses and have an impact on the lives of students.
In 2005, while employed as the Goldsmiths’ Company’s first Director of Technology and Training, Peter’s enduring passion for education and talent for project-management led to the Goldsmiths’ Company considering the development of an education and training facility.
Working closely with Stuart Devlin, Chairman of the Technology & Training Committee and other prominent members of the Goldsmiths’ Company, the concept of such a facility owned and managed by the Goldsmiths’ Company was first articulated. In 2007 the potential acquisition of a derelict school site in Clerkenwell London led to the scope of the project increasing significantly and the concept of the Goldsmiths’ Centre was firmly established in its current form.
Peter oversaw the regeneration of the site, which combined its historic components with modern architecture to create a state-of-the-art institution for work, education and events, and in 2011, was named as the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s first Director.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre opened its doors in 2012, and has since become the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths. With funding from the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Goldsmiths’ Centre has helped countless young people find their creative vocations, and is a source of support and opportunities to craftspeople of various disciplines.