The Judges’ Lodgings museum, along with several other Lancashire museums, has been scheduled to be shut down in Spring 2016. The government budget cuts for local councils has forced Lancashire County Council to take drastic measures including closing down local facilities and putting thousands of people out of work.
Of particular concern to RFS members is the antique Gillows furniture, which is held at The Judges’ Lodgings and is the world’s largest Gillows and Gillows and Waring collection.
From the petition:
“The Gillow furniture collection is a jewel in the nation’s crown. If the Judges Lodgings Museum closes, this would mean the dispersal of the finest permanent collection of Gillow furniture in the world, housed yards away from where it was manufactured hundreds of years ago. If you care about our British history and heritage you must unite to stop the closure of this important museum.”
Please take the time to sign the online petition here:
The Christopher Gilbert Lecture is being held at the Geffrye Museum, London, this Saturday 7th November at 2:30pm. Dr Todd Gray MBE, will be presenting his research on `Local sensibilities in bench end carving in Devon and the West Country, 1480 – 1650′,
Todd Gray is Research Fellow at Exeter University; he is currently completing a project funded through the Pilgrim Trust which identifies all of the ancient bench ends in the churches in the six counties of South West of England. His lecture explores the use of design, principally Gothic and Renaissance, by English and continental craftsmen amidst the changing religious considerations of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The cost will be £10 to members. For tickets please contact the Events Secretary – email@example.com.
RFS member and architectural historian Peter Thornborrow is giving talks in October that will undoubtedly be of interest to our northern based members. His subject is “The 17th century Oak Furniture and Vernacular Houses of the Pennines – a fascinating story of regional differences”.
He will be speaking at the Halifax Antiquarian Society, Halifax Central Library, Northgate, Halifax, 7:15 for 7:30 pm on Tuesday 20th October and again on the same topic, on Monday 26th October, to the Halifax Antiques Society, 7:15 for 7:30 (a small fee is payable at each venue).
A quick reminder that the deadline for applications for bursaries is coming up. Applications need to be with the bursary committee by July 31st. The bursaries are designed to encourage and support research projects related to regional furniture, with a view to publication. See here for further details and the application form.
There are still places available for the Research In Progress day, which is being held on Saturday, May 23rd. The venue is Rippon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, OX44 9EX, 10 – 5pm
Some of the speakers are already well-known to members of the Society but others are researchers we are hearing from for the first time. Subjects will include Chris Pickvance’s ‘What is a Kent chest’, Andrew Cox Whitaker’s work on the ingenious Mr Elwick and Wakefield cabinet makers and David Bryant on Isaac Newton’s spinning wheel. Alan Moore’s research on fine furniture making in the 18th century and Robert Williams’ on timber supplies during the Napoleonic War will address materials and techniques, and recent research on chairs and chair makers will be represented by Andrew Honey, Tony Howe and William Sergeant, on chairs from Kent, Surrey or Sussex, East Anglia and the north east midlands.
The day will also include visiting the original buildings of Cuddesdon College, designed by G E Street in the 1850s, which still retain some of the furniture he designed.
The cost of the day is £30 per head and includes coffee, lunch and tea. Please contact the events secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org or using the online booking form here.
A little late to this as the programme is on at 8pm this evening, but as part of the BBC4 Goes Slow schedule tonight’s episode in the Handmade series is on wood and looks at the making of a Windsor chair. The programme link is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tpx1l and should be available on BBC iplayer after transmission tonight, if you miss it. Apologies for late notice!