Slideshow: Downing Street silver display is proving popular at Belton House, Grantham

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A unique collection of silver service, normally used for state functions at Downing Street, is currently on display in the grand dining room of Belton House.

Visitors have been travelling from all over the country to see the display at the National Trust property before it returns to London in September.

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The silver, which includes plates, beakers, fruit bowls, cruet sets, candelabras and coffee pots, has astonished those who’ve seen to see it.

Jeffrey Lassaline of the Silver Trust, the organisation who owns and has loaned the silver to Downing Street, said: “Having been exhibited around the world, this summer represents a chance for the collection to be shown in what could be called its spiritual home.

“During her term in office, Grantham-born Mrs Thatcher borrowed Belton’s silverware for government functions, and it was this need for a national collection that led to the formation of the Silver Trust.”

To complement the Silver Trust exhibition a display of 46 silver spoons has been produced especially for the exhibition by members of Contemporary British Silversmiths. The spoons showcase the diversity of skill and excellence in design of some of the best designer silversmiths working today, some of whom are represented in the Silver Trust Collection at Downing Street. All items are bespoke and are being offered for sale to the public for the first time at an event of this kind. Belton’s own and historically significant silverware is also on show.

More information on Belton House, including opening times and entry fees.