Christopher Gilbert Lecture with Dr Todd Gray – this Saturday, 7th November

The Christopher Gilbert Lecture is being held at the Geffrye Museum, London, this Saturday 7th November  at 2:30pm. Dr Todd Gray MBE, will be presenting his research on `Local sensibilities in bench end carving in Devon and the West Country, 1480 – 1650′,

Todd Gray is Research Fellow at Exeter University; he is currently completing a project funded through the Pilgrim Trust which identifies all of the ancient bench ends in the churches in the six counties of South West of England. His lecture explores the use of design, principally Gothic and Renaissance, by English and continental craftsmen amidst the changing religious considerations of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The cost will be £10 to members. For tickets please contact the Events Secretary –  events.rfs@gmail.com.

 

Talk by Peter Thornborrow in Halifax, 20th and 26th October

RFS member and architectural historian Peter Thornborrow is giving talks in October that will undoubtedly be of interest to our northern based members. His subject is “The 17th century Oak Furniture and Vernacular Houses of the Pennines – a fascinating story of regional differences”.

He will be speaking at the Halifax Antiquarian Society, Halifax Central Library, Northgate, Halifax, 7:15 for 7:30 pm on Tuesday 20th October and again on the same topic, on Monday 26th October, to the Halifax Antiques Society, 7:15 for 7:30 (a small fee is payable at each venue).

New Book: The Laurence Cadbury Collection at Selly Manor                 

Cadbury Collection at Selly ManorRFS members will be interested to see this new publication on the outstanding contribution of Laurence Cadbury who created a wonderful collection of early furniture, domestic objects and archives for Selly Manor. Written by Museum Manager Daniel Callicott and based on original research, this book catalogues the collection with detailed historical descriptions and photographs of the objects, which date from the 16th – 19th centuries. With over 170 full colour images this is a fascinating, illuminating and colourful publication that brings this important collection to print for the first time.

How Laurence Cadbury acquired such an impressive collection is documented through photographs and archives, and the book describes his relationship with local antiques dealer Oliver Baker.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the conservation and preservation of the Laurence Cadbury Collection at Selly Manor, ensuring these objects will be enjoyed by generations to come.

To purchase your copy of this book (£15) please contact:
sellymanor@bvt.org.uk or call 0121 472 0199
or visit  Selly Manor Museum
Maple Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2AE

www.sellymanormuseum.org.uk

 

RFS Events this Autumn

There are two new events on the schedule for this Autumn.

Treasures of the North West, Friday 16 October

Visits have been arranged to Browsholme Hall and Stonyhurst College, both Grade I listed halls dating predominantly from the Elizabethan era. An optional visit to another North West property will be arranged for the morning of Saturday 17th, if there is interest. The cost will be £35 to include coffee and light lunch; if there is sufficient interest an additional visit will be arranged to another local property on the Saturday morning.

For full details please see the full listing on the Events page

Christopher Gilbert Lecture, `Local sensibilities in bench end carving in Devon and the West Country, 1480 – 1650′, Dr Todd Gray MBE,  7 November 2015

Dr Todd Gray is Research Fellow at Exeter University;  his lecture explores the use of design, principally Gothic and Renaissance, by English and continental craftsmen amidst the changing religious considerations of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The lecture will be held at the Geffrye Museum London and the cost is £10 to members.

For full details please see the full listing on the Events page

RFS Bursary Deadline July 31st 2015 – apply now!

This is a final reminder that the deadline for applications for bursaries is imminent. Applications need to be with the bursary committee by July 31st.  The bursaries are designed to encourage and support research projects related to regional furniture, with a view to publication. See here for further details and the application form.

Please note that Janet Dewdney Bursaries (value £500), which are available specifically for research into early furniture and woodwork, can, if required, be combined with a standard Bursary  (value £500) to give a total award of £1000.

Deadline for RFS bursary applications

A quick reminder that the deadline for applications for bursaries is coming up. Applications need to be with the bursary committee by July 31st.  The bursaries are designed to encourage and support research projects related to regional furniture, with a view to publication. See here for further details and the application form.

Research in Progress day, Saturday, May 23rd – places still available

There are still places available for the Research In Progress day, which is being held on Saturday, May 23rd. The venue is Rippon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, OX44 9EX, 10 – 5pm

Rippon College, Colin Bates [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Rippon College, Colin Bates [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Some of the speakers are already well-known to members of the Society but others are researchers we are hearing from for the first time.  Subjects will include Chris Pickvance’s ‘What is a Kent chest’,  Andrew Cox Whitaker’s work on the ingenious Mr Elwick and Wakefield cabinet makers and  David Bryant on Isaac Newton’s spinning wheel.  Alan Moore’s research on fine furniture making in the 18th century and Robert Williams’ on timber supplies during the Napoleonic War will address materials and techniques, and recent research on chairs and chair makers will be represented by Andrew Honey, Tony Howe and William Sergeant, on chairs from Kent, Surrey or Sussex, East Anglia and the north east midlands.

The day will also include visiting the original buildings of Cuddesdon College, designed by G E Street in the 1850s, which still retain some of the furniture he designed.

The cost of the day is £30 per head and includes coffee, lunch and tea. Please contact the events secretary on events.rfs@gmail.com or using the online booking form here.