The Story of the Thornhill Collection and Staffordshire University

The Stem Cup was the most valuable of 270 items bequeathed to the Staffordshire University by a collector named Mr Ernest Thornhill in 1944, having originally been sent there during wartime to safeguard the collection. Upon rediscovering the collection, which has been hidden away in storage for a significant number of years, the University appointed Lyon & Turnbull to auction the Stem Cup in order to raise essential funds to build a permanent new home for the remainder of the collection at its Stoke-on- Trent campus. This resource centre will enable student access to the collection for their study, complying with the original bequest and wishes of Mr Thornhill. The Thornhill Stem cup will be offered at auction in Hong Kong.

About the speakers:
Rosy Crehan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, and Anna Westin, Consultant Specialist, will share the story behind the collection of Mr Ernest Thornhill, its stem cup and the future that brings from the sale for the remaining 269 pieces to be curated, conserved and enjoyed in a facility that will attract a broader audience to Staffordshire.

Date and Time: 30 May, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Venue           : Liang Yi museum, 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan