The Michael Legg Conservation Studies Prize is awarded to a student at the City and Guilds of London Art School completing the first year of their BA (Hons.) Conservation studies Course who has shown particular excellence in research.
Michael Legg (1929 – 2011) was a founder member and Vice President of the Regional Furniture Society. He was a Trustee of the Frederick Parker Foundation, and active for many years in the Furniture History Society, the Antiquarian Horological Society and beyond.
Michael’s abiding love of fine furniture, indeed quality in every field, began aged 10 in the restoration workshop of his father, Ernest Legg, whose Antiques business in Dorchester, Dorset, was widely known between and after the wars. After he left school at 14, Michael rented a room from his father and began to deal on his own account, in time taking over the running of the workshop which became a lifelong career in Dorchester. Michael’s experience at the workbench was crucial to his practical knowledge and his constant fascination with discovering how and why things were made the way they were and how they were used. He was a man of rare memory, and his generosity in sharing knowledge was legendary, especially with younger students of regional furniture.
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