Each year the RFS awards a small number of research bursaries to current members. These are designed to encourage and support research projects related to regional furniture, with a view to publication.
Recent projects that have been funded are:
- Dendrochronological dating of the ‘domed’ chest at Fordwich Town Hall, Kent. Awarded to Chris Pickvance.
- Research and recording of spinning wheels in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the London Science Museum. The grant was for travel, accommodation, photographic materials and photocopying. Awarded to Valerie Bryant.
There are also a number of small conference and study day bursaries. These are intended to encourage interest in the subject and support early-career professional members and students, particularly those who are new to the subject, to attend the annual RFS conference or an RFS meeting. For further details see the Bursaries information page and application form here.
Treve Rosoman, Newsletter Editor writes:
The next RFS Spring Newsletter is due out towards the end of February 2014; therefore the deadline for copy is 22nd December 2013. If you have any little snippets of information, or photographs about regional furniture, where you have seen it, how it was used etc - please let me know by the 22nd, so that it can go into the Newsletter. The Newsletter is there for the membership and to contain news of what the Society will be doing, what it has done, book reviews and shorter notices concerning regional furniture in all its varieties. So please let me know by the 22nd December.
You can contact Treve at email@example.com with your proposals or contributions.
The latest editions of the RFS Newsletter and Journal have been published and are being sent to existing members this week. The newsletter has a full report on this summer’s conference and AGM in Edinburgh, as well as reports on recent RFS visits. The Journal this year contains six essays exploring inventories as source and evidence for furniture types, placement and use in specific homes and among different social classes.
There are two editions each year of the newsletter and an annual edition of the Journal - free to members. A list of past articles and contributors is available here. Join the Regional Furniture Society here and receive your copy of the latest newsletter and Journal.
As part of the Honiton Antiques Festival, long-standing RFS members Roderick & Valentine Butler are putting on an exhibition showing a country dealer’s workshop collection of 18th – 19th century handles, castors, hinges and bolts, including many examples with makers’ marks. Brassfounders’ catalogues will also be on view. The exhibition is on for one week only from 11 to 16 November 2013.
Any fellow RFS members prepared to make the pilgrimage to Honiton are assured of a warm welcome. The full programme for the week, shown by week and by day, is given on the website www.honitonantiquesfestival.com.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01404 42169.
The Rijksmuseum has recently re-opened after a major re-display of their collections. An RFS visit has been proposed and is currently being arranged for January or February 2014, with the help of Paul van Duin, head of furniture conservation at the museum. In addition to the galleries we will also visit the conservation workshops. It is proposed that members will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.
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The University of East Anglia celebrates its 50 years of existence with an outstanding exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, UEA, Masterpieces: Art & East Anglia. Among the range of works, from archaeological finds to sculpture and paintings, there is a group of East Anglian chairs, including Mendleshams (from Ipswich Museum) and good examples of the hollow nail seating characteristic of the region, assembled by Jason Gathorne-Hardy for the Alde Valley Festival. The show continues until 24 February. For further information see here: http://www.scva.ac.uk/masterpieces/.
(Images by kind permission of the Frederick Parker Foundation)
Readers may be interested to know that the 15th Annual Frederick Parker Lecture and Dinner will take place on Tuesday, 15th October 2013. Susan Stuart is to speak on Gillow Chairs and Fashion, 1750-1850 and Dr John Cross will also speak on Authentic Antique Designs; Frederick Parker and Co 1900-1939.
The lecture and dinner will be held at the Institute of Physics, Portland Place, London, W1, 6.30 until 10.00. For further information on what promises to be a very enjoyable evening and to book tickets see here http://www.frederick-parker-foundation.org/events.php.