A history of silver to be explored at upcoming ADFAS lecture

Silver discussed: The history of silver will be explored at an upcoming ADFAS lecture. Above, a sterling silver sculpture by KI artist Patti Blucher. Photo: file.
Silver discussed: The history of silver will be explored at an upcoming ADFAS lecture. Above, a sterling silver sculpture by KI artist Patti Blucher. Photo: file.

'Silver, the Chameleon Metal' is the topic of an upcoming Australian Decorative Fine Arts Society Fleurieu (ADFAS) lecture, to be held in Victor Harbor on September 28.

Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, has enjoyed good trading status, and as one of the seven metals of antiquity, has had an enduring role in most cultures around the world.

Silver expert Richard Phillips will lead discussions and explore the many historical roles of silver in various societies.

Considered an authority on the topic, Mr Phillips is a member of the Silver Societies of both the UK and Australia, as well as of the Australiana Society, and is the author of many articles which have appeared in relevant journals.

Mr Phillips also worked on research for the book Nineteenth Century Australian Silver by author John Hawkins, and was part of the team sourcing items and information for the 2012 Art Gallery of SA exhibition Bounty.

By examining the various uses of silver over the past 2000 years, attendees will gain an insight into a variety of past societies.

Today, silver is still traded as currency and used for a variety of purposes including solar panels, water filtration and in medicinal treatments.

The lecture will be hosted from 10.30am on Septmeber 28 at the Gospel Centre, 2 George Main Road, with sign-in for guests at 10am.

Bookings are now open for ADFAS members via: adfasfleurieu@gmail.com