As a part of a series of interviews and conversations to gather testimonials and direct material to enhance our research project “Documenting the creation of the mima International Jewellery Collection 1975-1995”, we met Muriel Wilson, managing editor of Jewellery History Today magazine and one of the founding members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ).
Some hours before the opening of the new permanent gallery space for the International Contemporary Jewellery Collection at mima, we had the joy to share her insights, her enthralling narrative and her capacity for bringing to the present relevant past moments in the most graceful way.
She has built a private collection since 1991, when for her employers, the British Council, she prepared an exhibition of contemporary jewellery for world-wide touring. That is what she told us when we asked about her first encounter with jewellery:
(Sorry, the ambience sound is quite intense, first learning outcome for future recordings!)