Marks and Meanings
Decoding inscriptions on artefacts
What is a patent
number? How do you decode a hallmark? When was that design registered? Come and
learn about the marks found on social and industrial history artefacts and what they can tell
us about objects and their makers.
For this Monument Fellowship Masterclass, SHCG is joining forces with the Museums
Association and Thinktank, Birmingham science museum. Dr Jim Andrew will focus on
what patents can tell use about artefacts, and how to research them. Other common
inscriptions such as hallmarks and registered designs will also be covered. Delegates will
also learn how to use a free online database to trace 20th century patent numbers, and are
encouraged to bring small objects or photographs of patent numbers with them for this part
of the seminar.
Venue: Thinktank, Birmingham science museum
Date: Monday 1 June 2009
Time: 10.15 – 15.40
Cost: Thanks to generous support from the Museums Association’s programme of
Monument Fellowships, this seminar is free. Lunch is not included: delegates may use
the cafés in Millennium Point or bring a packed lunch.
LIMITED PLACES – BOOK NOW! We expect this seminar to sell out quickly.
Booking Form – Marks and Meanings seminar
Are you a member of SHCG (please circle): Yes (Individual) Yes (Institutional) No
If you have any access requirements, please give details on the reverse of this form or
contact Hannah Crowdy, SHCG Seminar Organiser on 01244 402014 or
Please return the completed form by Friday 22 May 2009 to: Hannah Crowdy, Collections &
Interpretation Officer, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD