Saturday 12 October 2013: 13th Annual Christopher Gilbert Lecture and Visits

Saturday 12 October: 13th Annual Christopher Gilbert Lecture, John Allan, BA, MPhil, FSA, Breton Woodworkers in Early Tudor Devon, Colebrooke, near Crediton, Devon.

This year’s lecture is being given in a beautiful part of Devon and our lecturer, John Allan, will also lead some associated visits. Members who attended our annual conference in Exeter in 1993 will remember John, who was then Curator of Antiquities at Exeter Museum (1984-2004), lecturing and leading our visits in the city. He was Project Manager for Exeter Archaeology from 2004 to 2011, has served as Joint Editor of the Journal of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Member of Council of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, Member of Council of the Society of Cathedral Archaeologists, a Trustee of the Devon Historic Buildings Trust, and Editor (1984-1997) of the Devon Archaeological Society and is currently Archaeologist to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral and Archaeological Consultant to Glastonbury Abbey.

The first visit of the day will be to the Church of the Holy Cross at Crediton to look at an early 16th century French, possibly Normandy, chest; we will then move to the village of Colebrooke for the lecture and a visit to the parish church. After lunch we will visit nearby churches at Lapford and Coldridge, finishing with tea in the Church Room at Sampford Courtenay to see the 16th/17th century, morticed into the floor, oak table and benches.

Chris Pickvance has invited two Breton visitors to join us for the day – Marguerite Le Roux-Paugam, a specialist on Breton furniture, and her husband Charles Le Roux, an archaeologist who edits the archaeological journal for west France and whose father had a large collection of early Breton carved panels.

Fee: £40 to include coffee, lunch and tea. Please note, overnight accommodation should be booked independently if required.

Sunday 13 October: ‘The Art of the Woodcarver’, An Exhibition, Marwood House, Honiton, Devon, on view from 10am-4pm

To compliment this year’s Christopher Gilbert Lecture, Roderick & Valentine Butler will remount a loan exhibition in their showrooms at Marwood House, Honiton, ‘The Art of the Wood Carver – Medieval to 19th Century’. The exhibition was previously displayed as part of the Honiton Antiques Festival in November 2012. It includes the Herbert Read Workshop Collection together with loan pieces from private collections.

This event relates to the work seen on Saturday 12th; if you wish to attend both events there is no charge for the event on Sunday. If you wish to book for Sunday only there is a £10 charge towards RFS administration.

To book either or both of these events or for further information please contact