Professor Stephen Bottomley will officially be honoured at an event at the London Guildhall later this year, after a selection committee at the Goldsmiths’ Company granted him the coveted status at a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall this summer.
There are over 1,500 Freemen of the Goldsmiths’ Company, who support the precious metal and jewellery crafts industry through training and education programmes.
Professor Bottomley has been in the profession for over 25 years, lecturing in the UK and holding workshops in South Korea and America.
He was previously a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and has recently been an external examiner at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
He has also served as the fourth chairman of the national Association for Contemporary Jewellery and his jewellery is represented in collections at the National Museums Scotland, British Museum, South East Arts Collection and Royal College of Art.
Professor Bottomley said: “One of the more unusual benefits of the Freedom of the City includes gaining the right to drive livestock across Tower Bridge in London and protection from being press ganged into the navy or army.
“I’m delighted to receive the honour and have the opportunity to meet with other Freemen while continuing my professional and industry links with the Goldsmiths’ Company.”