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17 September 2019THE SILVER THREAD: SILVER FILIGREE AND TRADITIONAL ARTS IN KOSOVO
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16 May 2017 The Frome Hoard - The Largest Pot of Roman Coins Ever Found in Britain.
18 April 2017Who Says? Can We Trust the Experts on Good and Bad in Art?
21 March 2017 War And Peace 1780-2013: Patriotism and Protest
21 February 2017Inn Signia - Pub Signs, the Artwork and Stories Behind Their Names.
17 January 2017Medieval Wall Paintings in English Cathedrals & Churches.
05 December 2016 We Three Kings: Music, Art, Legends & Poetry Inspired by the Magi
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17 May 2016The Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo
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THE SILVER THREAD: SILVER FILIGREE AND TRADITIONAL ARTS IN KOSOVO ELIZABETH GOWING Tuesday 17 September 2019

From the early Kosovan silver mines mentioned by Dante, through the twentieth century politics over Kosovo’s mines which resulted in both a war and a golf course, a silver thread winds through Kosovo’s history. Filigree artisans magic lacy creations from dull sticks of raw material - the resulting articles are a fine narrative of Kosovo’s history and traditions.


Elizabeth Gowing

Studied at Magdalen College Oxford before training as a teacher and working in Lambeth, Hackney and Islington. She moved to Kosovo in 2006 and there worked with the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina and co-founded ‘The Ideas Partnership’, a charity working on education and cultural heritage projects. Speaks fluent Albanian and has translated two books (the unauthorized biography of Yugoslavia’s longest-held political prisoner, Adem Demaci, and the memoirs of one of the leaders of the 1912 uprising). Also the author of four books about Kosovo – Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo (2011), Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo (2013); The Rubbish-Picker’s Wife; an unlikely friendship in Kosovo (2015) and The Silver Thread; a journey through Balkan craftmanship (2017). ELizabeth is a regular contributor to Radio 4 (Saturday Live, Excess Baggage, From Our Own Correspondent) and the BBC World Service.