New thinking about Medieval Furniture 23 May 2020 (Open to members & non-members)

UPDATE: now almost certain to be cancelled or postponed.

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 10 for 10:30 – 17:00

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London

This year’s Research in Progress event continues the RFS successful series of themed events with furniture and history of art speakers reporting on their latest research and discoveries.

The speakers will be:

Martin Bridge, Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory and UCL Institute of Archaeology ‘New developments in timber dating’

Martin is a leader in this field and has a particular interest in dendro-provenancing (see

Nick Humphrey, Furniture Dept., Victoria and Albert Museum

‘A fifteenth-century desk-cupboard at the Victoria and Albert Museum’

 Jens Kremb (Independent scholar, Bonn)

‘The chest of drawers: a late medieval piece of furniture?’  See

Eva Oledzka, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

‘Colour in ecclesiastical and secular medieval interiors’   Eva is author of Medieval and Renaissance Interiors (British Library, 2016) and contributor to A Cultural History of Colour (Bloomsbury). See

Chris Pickvance,  Chairman, RFS  ‘A closer look at English clamped chests from 1250-1350: timber, construction and decoration.’  Chris has been researching a variety of types of medieval chest in England for over ten years. See

Noah Smith,  PhD student in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent

‘The ‘Courtrai chest’ at New College, Oxford:  iconography and materiality’.

This chest has given rise to much controversy and has been considered as everything from a fake to a Belgian national treasure. It is one focus of Noah’s research on Flemish medieval art.

Rachel Sycamore,  MRes student in Medieval Archaeology, Worcester University

‘Early church chests in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.’ Rachel’s research focuses on dug-out chests.)

Cost, including coffee on arrival and a sandwich lunch,  £43 for RFS members and £48 for non-members.  Applications to be received by May 11th.

Bursaries  to cover 50% of the cost are available for members and non-members for this event. For eligibility criteria and procedure please see here. Bursary applicants should apply before completing the event booking form. Payment of the 50% fee will then be required by cheque accompanied by a completed booking form stating that a bursary has been awarded. We are unable to invoice or accept payment from institutions by bank transfer.