Events

RFS events 2016 for webForthcoming RFS Events for Spring 2019

Full details and booking forms are published with the Spring newsletter and the online booking forms can be downloaded here:

One day events booking form – Spring 2019


Saturday 9 March 2019 Research in Progress: The Regional Chair, Conway Hall,Central London.

This year the event will focus on the regionality of chair making, with five papers spanning the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Speakers will examine a variety of idiosyncratic forms, the materials used, the makers, and their customers. Traditions commence as novelties and in many cases new research is establishing the precise origins of previously identified geographical groups. The papers will draw on a variety of research methods including fieldwork, archival sources and scientific analysis. Further details about the presentations and speakers are available here on the  Research in Progress page.

The event be held in The Brockway Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4RL. Coffee on arrival at 10 a.m. for a 10:30 start. Finishing at 16:30. Fee £35 for RFS members, £40 for non-members (includes tea/coffee but not lunch. There are numerous lunching opportunities nearby). Please apply by 19 February.


Tuesday 26 March 2019  – A visit to a member’s collection in Soho, London.

*This visit is now fully booked*

A visit to a private collection of oak furniture in Soho. The visit will take place in the early afternoon but, if numbers exceed 15, we will offer an additional visit at 11:00 a.m., for those who are able make it. Fee: £10, members only. Please apply by 1 March.


Monday 13 May 2019 – The Pepys Library and Kettles Yard, Cambridge.

*This visit is now fully booked*

Robert Williams will host a visit to two contrasting furniture collections in Magdalene Street, Cambridge. Fee: £22 for members and their guests, lunch not included. We expect to lunch together in groups at one of the many cafés/restaurants nearby. Please apply by 1 March.


Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 July 2019 – The Annual Conference, Shropshire.

*The Conference is now fully booked*

The conference will be based at Harper Adams University, near Newport, Salop, commencing at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 11 July and finishing after lunch on Sunday 14 July. There is an optional day on Wednesday 10 July for members travelling by car, meeting at Dudmaston Hall (NT) Salop. café at lunchtime. There is an entry charge to Dudmaston, (free to card-carrying National Trust members.) You can alternatively join us during the afternoon itinerary which progresses towards Harper Adams University.

The accommodation at Harper Adams is in modern, entirely single en-suite rooms. (There may be a few doubles if essential on request.) Many will choose to stay Wednesday night at Harper Adams to be on-campus for the early start on Thursday morning. See the additional charges below. Supper in the refectory is likely to be available for a charge . If you need accommodation on Tuesday night also, please ask.

Fees: Main conference from Thursday morning to early Sunday afternoon. Accommodation in exclusively single rooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner and some coffee and tea stops; entry fees, travel by coach and evening lecture(s). £375, per member. Additional nights, £48 per person. Non-residential: £240. Please apply by 1 March.


Thursday 5 September 2019 – A private visit to Oak House, West Bromwich.

Oak House, West Bromwich, Thursday 5 September 2019 A private visit to The Oak House Museum with fine 17th-century panelling and a good collection of oak furniture, some local, but mostly bought in the early 20th century, supplemented by items loaned from the V&A collections. Fee: £10, for members and their guests, refreshments not included. Please apply by 1 August.


Since events are sometimes fully subscribed and dealt with in order of receipt, you are advised to apply as early as possible. The RFS reserves the right to amend or cancel elements of events. Significant changes will be communicated to successful applicants.

Jeremy Bate, Events Secretary

For further information and enquiries about RFS events and bookings please contact: events.rfs@gmail.com.

One day events booking form – Spring 2019