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Chocolate Gilding Workshop

Meet + Make with Claire Ridley
10 February 2024

Get hands-on with gold leaf in a gilding workshop with conservator Claire Ridley.

Using gilding techniques, spend a morning or afternoon decorating luxury chocolates and their box with gold leaf. Claire will be on hand to guide you through the whole process, from gilding to designing and decorating your box.

You will be inspired by traditional conservation techniques but use chocolate as your canvas to make the perfect edible gift.

All materials and equipment will be provided, but please make us aware of any allergens or dietary requirements when booking. Vegan chocolates are available.

This workshop is part of Meet + Make, a series of public engagement events running alongside our contemporary exhibition Work Life: Life’s Work.

Meet the Tutor

Claire Ridley

Claire Ridley is a conservator specialising in gilding and picture frame conservation and restoration. She worked for the Royal Collection Trust and Birmingham Museums before establishing Belgrave Conservation, a practice specialising in fine and decorative art conservation.

Claire combines her conservation practice with an academic career, lecturing at the University of Lincoln. She works from her Harley Foundation Studio on the Welbeck Estate.


Booking Information

Saturday 10 February

10am – 12noon or 2pm – 4pm


The workshop cost includes all materials and equipment.


Meet for this workshop in the Harley Gallery.