A Trinity of Trinities

RFS members who attended the July conference will recall the almshouses at Castle Rising which miraculously retain their original furniture. They were built by Henry Howard Earl of Northampton, an antiquarian with an interest in architectural design, who was a key figure at the heart of the Jacobean establishment and who brokered James VI of Scotland’s succession to the throne of England.
The December 10th edition of Country Life magazine includes an article A Trinity of Trinities. This year three historic almshouses  celebrate the 400th anniversary of their founders death. John Goodall explains the origins of their creation. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Furniture Department at the V&A

The Furniture Department of the V&A  is looking for a long-term volunteer willing to assist on a regular basis with the ongoing, computer-based work of documenting the Furniture collection: scanning and transcribing written records, editing digital images, and adding them to the Museum’s databases, under supervision in the Furniture department offices at the Museum.

If you are interested in this role please contact Nick Humphrey: nickhu@vam.ac.uk / 0207 942 2436

Newsletter research articles – a complete list

Christopher Claxton Stevens has assiduously recorded every research article published in the RFS Newsletter since the first issue in 1985. This not only provides the Society with a comprehensive list of the shorter articles that have been produced over the years, but also a very useful finding aid for those accessing the Newsletter via public library collections. You can see the list here: Newsletter research articles.

Many thanks to Christopher for all his hard work in producing this document and very impressive to see the depth and diversity of RFS research over the years.

The 16th Annual Frederick Parker Lectures and Dinner – Thursday 16th October

The 16th Annual Frederick Parker Lectures and Dinner takes place this year on Thursday 16 October.

There are to be two lectures. The first is given by Sarah Medlam, furniture historian and former Deputy Keeper of the V&A’s Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion and President of the RFS. Sarah’s lecture is entitled Investigating Luxury: the Writing cabinet of Augustus III of Saxony

In addition Clive Stewart-Lockhart FRICS, FRSA, Antiques Roadshow celebrity, and auctioneer and Managing Director of Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury, will be speaking on Betty Joel: Glamour and Innovation in 1920’s and 1930’s Interior Design.

For full details of the event and a booking form please see here: Frederick Parker Collection Annual Lecture 2014 or for the Frederick Parker Collection website events page see here: http://www.frederick-parker-foundation.org/events.php

Reminder: Chairmaking in Lincolnshire, Monday 22 September

There are still places available for the Chairmaking in Lincolnshire event taking place near Newark on Monday 22 September. Full details are on the Events page here.

Please contact events.rfs@gmail.com to book or use the booking enquiry form here. Further details of the venue will be sent on receipt of your application.

The cost is £30 per person and will include lunch. If you are aware of members who might be interested to attend please do pass on these details.