The generosity of scholars!

I had the great pleasure of meeting Heidi Egginton this week whilst I was in London – Heidi is an emerging scholar, just completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Peter Mandler. Heidi’s PhD looks at the craze for collecting old furniture, bric-à-brac, and curiosities during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She is especially interested in the ways in which a taste for historic furnishings, and knowledge of the decorative arts and craftsmanship, circulated among a popular audience after the 1900s. Of course, there are many intersections that resonate with the Antique Dealer Project, and it was fascinating to hear how her research is progressing – and,  with such a wonderfully generous gesture, Heidi sent us some information on some early 20th century dealers she has been discovering – including sending us a massive spreadsheet with over 200 dealer names and locations from the Shrewsbury trade directories (c.1900-1940)….amazingly generous!…Thank you Heidi!

Heidi has also very kindly agreed to post some blog entries for the project, based on some research she has undertaken – so what this space for Heidi’s blog posts – we have quite a community of interest developing around the Antique Dealer project!



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