The AGM will be held at Temple Newsam (in the Still Room) on 30th April at 11.30. Coffee will be served from 11.00. It will be followed by an optional lunch in the Dining Room, and a lecture at 2.00 from Dr Lucy Wood: Thomas Chippendale’s Rivals in the London Furniture Trade.
This is a new format which we hope will encourage more members to attend the AGM. All members are invited, free of charge and no tickets are required. It is your chance to hear about the Society and to make your voice heard.
Advance reservation is required for the two course lunch with wine (12.30). Places for the lecture may be reserved in advance, or may be paid for at the Still Room door (1.45 for 2.00). Admission to the house is free for those attending these events. Dr Lucy Wood is the well known furniture historian, formerly curator at the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her lecture will explore the work of some of the alternative furniture makers who were bidding for the great commissions at the same time as Chippendale: the Linnells, Mayhew and Ince, Vile and Cobb and others. She will suggest reasons why Chippendale’s reputation has survived so well and why others have fallen into relative obscurity. After the lecture there will be a chance to see some of their work in the Temple Newsam collections.