The Annual Christopher Gilbert Lecture

The annual Christopher Gilbert lecture for 2019 will be given by Hans Piena on The History of the Dutch Ladder-back Chair.  We met Hans at the Netherlands Open Air Museum on our Netherlands tour in 2001.  His lecture will take place after dinner on Friday 12th July at Harper Adams University as part of the annual RFS conference in Shropshire.
Currently there are still a few places available for the full conference, but if you wish to attend supper and the Hans Piena’s lecture only, please contact the events secretary, Jeremy Bate at 

Listed below are the previous annual Christopher Gilbert lectures:

David Jones – Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his regional influences
29 June 2018 at the Glasgow School of Art

Clive Edwards – The upholsterer and the retailing of domestic furnishings 1600–1800
21 October 2017 at the Geffrye Museum, London

Peter Brears – The social history of The Lakes district furniture
2 July 2016, Tullie House Museum

Todd Gray – Local sensibilities in bench end carving in Devon and the West Country, 1480 – 1650
7 November 2015, Geffrye Museum, London

Catherine Richardson – A Day at Home in Early Modern England
29th November 2014, Geffrye Museum, London

John Allan – Breton Woodworkers in Early Tudor Devon
12 October 2013, Devon

Nick Humphrey – Furniture, Techniques and Materials: Developing a New Gallery at the V&A
17 November 2012, Geffrye Museum, London

Max Donnelly – South Kensington and the Revival of Painted Furniture 
19 November 2011, Geffrye Museum London

Peter Brears – Vernacular Furniture in its Original Context: A Study of the Textile Area of the West Riding
9 October 2010, Temple Newsam, Yorks

David Jones – Furniture and People: The Personalities Behind Scholarship
24 October 2009, Geffrye Museum, London

Susan Stuart – Gillows of Lancaster and London: Unique Insights into how an 18th Century Cabinet-making Business was organised
1 November 2008, Geffrye Museum, London

Glen Adamson – The Carved and the Flat
17 November 2007, Geffrye Museum, London

Bill Cotton – Beatrix Potter and her Love of Regional Furniture
8 November 2006, Olympia, London

Robert Mussey – The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour
13 June 2005, Olympia, London

David Bostwick – Seeling and Ceilings: The Rose Family Workshop in 17th Century Sheffield 
9 October 2004, Temple Newsam, Yorks

Charles Hummel – The Dominy Craftsmen of East Hampton, New York
18 October 2003, High Wycombe

Scott Swank – Shaker Furniture Design: Religion in Wood Revisited
2 December 2002, Burlington House, London

Greg Landrey – Standards of Practices and Ethics in furniture Conservation
3 December 2001, Christie’s, London