Ogden of Harrogate shows off its archives after undergoing major refurbishment

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Over the last 121 years, the team at Ogden of Harrogate has tackled some unusual projects.

None, it seems, will ever quite compete with the challenge that was presented to its founder, the tenacious JR Ogden.

He was handed a job which involved unravelling some of the secrets of the Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun, whose tomb was discovered by the British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.

Mr Ogden had the fascinating task of examining the tomb’s goldwork, which provided a glimpse into the culture of a lost empire.

The family-run firm is now in the hands of the fifth generation, who are carrying out work to ensure it continues to prosper in the 21st century.

It is now run by the brothers Robert and Ben Ogden. The business is one of few jewellers to have its own workshop on the premises, and this has now been moved to a glass walled room, which enables customers to see the dedicated team of jewellers at work.

An archive display area of artefacts from the company’s history has also been created, including First World War memorabilia and documents relating to past clients, including the wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill and members of the Royal family.

The jewellers also includes a new first floor showroom and wedding department.

Patrick Noakes, managing director.

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