Antique Metalware Society celebrates 25th anniversary with an online exhibition

The Antique Metalware Society, with a world-wide membership, is devoted to increasing the knowledge and promoting the appreciation of base-metal objects of all kinds and historical periods.


‘Touch Base: A Visual Celebration of 25 Years’ is a web-based exhibition in which over 100 objects have been assembled to show the diversity and appeal of the base metals and their uses. The range of exhibits includes candlesticks, cauldrons, nutcrackers, snuff boxes, fire grates and many unusual and rare objects. Copper, brass, bronze, iron and Britannia metal all feature and each object is accompanied by photographs and a detailed explanatory text.

Dr Christopher Green, Chairman of the Antique Metalware Society, sums up the exhibition ‘ this is the metalware people have lived with day to day, at home, at work and at leisure. It’s a wonderful record of the use to which base metals have been put: the practical, the ingenious and sometimes the strange and curious.’

Click here to visit the exhibition:

More information is available from Dr Geoff Smaldon, Secretary: or

Exhibition of Lincolnshire Chairs, 8th – 18th September 2016


Members will be interested to hear about an exhibition of the largest collection of Lincolnshire windsor and rush-seated chairs to be held at Belton House this September. This will be a fascinating chance to learn about fine local chair-making and the best local craftsmanship, with several talks by William Sergeant from the Lincolnshire Chair Museum.

There will be free entrance on Saturday 10th September to coincide with the National Heritage Open Day.

Exhibition: Make Yourself Comfortable, 28 March – 23 October, Chatsworth House

RFS members may be interested in this invitation “to experience Chatsworth in a new way; to take a seat and make yourself comfortable.”

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Chatsworth is “turning to contemporary furniture designers to provide a completely different experience for our visitors”.  A number of works have been specially commissioned for the exhibition by established and emerging designers including a collaboration with students at Sheffield Hallam University.

There is also an opportunity to  join the curator, Hannah Obee, for a Make Yourself Comfortable tour on 24 April and 26 June.

For more information, see here:

Exhibition: An Abiding Standard, Royal Academy of Arts, 25th February – 24th May

241. "The Chair Maker", engraving, 1944 [215 x 154 mm] Private Collection. © Stanley Anderson Estate

241. “The Chair Maker”, engraving, 1944 [215 x 154 mm] Private Collection. © Stanley Anderson Estate

Stanley Anderson RA (1884-1960) was a key figure in the revival of engraving in the 1920s, best known for his series of prints depicting England’s vanishing rural crafts. ‘The Chair Maker’, very probably of Jack Goodchild, one of the last of the Chiltern makers, is typical of his work to be shown in an exhibition, An Abiding Standard, at the Royal Academy of Arts, running from 25th February – 24th. May. For more information see the RA website here.
Admission is £3, or free to holders of tickets to other current exhibitions at the RA including the magnificent Rubens show. A catalogue raisonne will be published to coincide with the exhibition.

Exhibition: Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages, Sam Fogg, until May 16th


Pots and TilesReaders may be interested to know about a fascinating  exhibition currently on at the Sam Fogg gallery in London,W1:  Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages.  This rare functional pottery was described many years ago by W. B. Honey as the some of the most beautiful pottery in the world.

The  collection of largely English and French items (including at least one pot from Dorset and a large number of tiles from a church in Somerset) has been assembled by Maureen Mellor of Oxford University over the last 20 years and is displayed at eye level with no glass barrier. You can view a selection of the exhibits here.

Entry is free and there is a fine illustrated catalogue at £20, see here. The show runs until May 16th.






Exhibition: William Kent – Designing Georgian Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, 22 March – 13 July


If you haven’t already seen it, the V&A’s current exhibition William Kent – Designing Georgian Britain, will be of  some interest.

Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.” For more information see here.

To complement this major design show we have organised a morning visit to Chiswick House, for members on Thursday15th May. See the Events page for further information and booking details.