Archive Item of the Week: The Silver Jubilee

Welcome to Archive Item of the Week: Where we delve into Guildford Cathedral Archives to highlight some of the unique items within the collection.

This Week: Plates!  Our People’s Cathedral Archivist delves into the archive to bring you an item which you wouldn’t necessarily think would belong in an archive.


Within the Guildford Cathedral Archives we have a selection of items which would not always be thought of as ‘archive items’ – they are not your basic paper based items.

This week we bring you a Cathedral Plate – The Silver Jubilee plate from 1986 to be precise.


The plate itself is 27cm fine bone china plate which was designed by Geoffrey Mead, the plate is rimmed in 23ct gold and the Cathedral arms on the centre top are also in 23ct gold.  Each plate was a numbered edition and was hand decorated and hand numbered.

There is an intriguing story behind the production of this plate which was reported in the local press.  Each plate was hand decorated and hand coloured by individual’s at the Sheltered Workshop of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for the Disabled in Leatherhead.


The newspaper clipping from the Surrey Advertiser reflects this interesting story.

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