Archive for February, 2016

February 28, 2016

Conference On-Line Booking Open

You can now book online for the Antique Dealer Project Conference – click HERE for secure debit/credit card bookings via the University of Leeds.

February 22, 2016

Full Programme for Project Conference

Antique Dealer Project Conference

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th April 2016


THURSDAY 14th April – Temple Newsam House

9.30am – Registration (Great Hall)

10.00am – Welcome (Project Team) (Picture Gallery)

10.10am – Welcome (John Roles, Head of Museums & Galleries, Leeds)

10.20am – Address (Mark Bridge, Antiques Trade Gazette) 35 Years at the ATG

10.50am – KEYNOTE – Dr Mark Westgarth (University of Leeds) Principal Investigator, The British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century – a cultural geography            

11.40am – Dr Eleanor Quince (University of Southampton) Co-Investigator Voices from the Trade: Oral History Interviews

12.15pm – tea/ coffee & biscuits

12.45pm – Elizabeth Jamieson (University of Leeds) Research Fellow Crowther & Sons: investigating an archive

1.15pm – Discussion

1.30pm – LUNCH (Great Hall)

2.30pm – Antique Dealers and Temple Newsam HIDDEN HISTORIES Tours led by Curators, Members of the Project Team, and      Dealer Specialists

4.00pm – Tea/Coffee break

4.30pm – Behind the Scenes Sessions – (1) Antique Dealer ARCHIVES (2) Antique Dealer OBJECTS

Archives & Objects sessions led by Curators, Members of the Project Team and Dealer Specialists

6.00pm – RECEPTION – champagne/wine/canapés (Great Hall and Terrace)

6.15pm – Speeches (Great Hall) – Marco Forgione (Chief Executive, British Antique Dealers’ Association)

6.30pm – Open House (free flow) with background music (Historic Broadwood Piano) in the Great Hall

7.00pm & 7.30pm – Playing of the 18th century George Pyke Musical Organ Clock in the Staircase Hall.

8.00pm – ‘Carriages’ – end of first day.


FRIDAY 15th April – Temple Newsam House

9.30am – Registration (Great Hall)

10.00am – Welcome (Project Team) (Picture Gallery)

10.10am – Martin Levy (H. Blairman & Sons) H. Blairman & Sons

10.30am – Dominic Jellinek (formerly Bluett & Sons) Bluett & Sons

10.50am – Christian Jussel (formerly Verney & Jussel) The Transatlantic Migration of British Antique

                 Dealers to America 1890-1920

11.10am – tea/coffee biscuits

11.30am – In Conversation – A selection of our Antique Dealer Oral History Interviewees in conversation.

12.30pm – LUNCH (Great Hall)

1.30pm – Facilitated Discussion Group Session (1) ‘So what, exactly, is an ‘antique?’’ (Dining Room)

Facilitated Discussion Group Session (2) ‘The end of antique furniture?’ (Georgian Library)

2.30pm – Tea/Coffee (Great Hall)

2.45pm – Facilitated Discussion Group Session (3) ‘For the love of art, or money?…the Antique Trade and Museums’ (Dining Room)

Facilitated Discussion Group Session (4) ‘A profession or a pastime?…the social geography of antique dealing’ (Georgian Library)

3.45pm – Discussion Groups Feedback & Closing Remarks (Picture Gallery)

4.30pm – CLOSE



Full Two Days (inc all lunches/canapé reception/refreshments/tours/etc) – £95 per person

Thursday Day Rate (inc lunch/canapé reception/tours/etc) – £65 per person

Friday Day Rate (inc lunch/etc) – £55 per person

Student Rates – (two days, inc.) £55 per student; (one day, inc.) £30 per student

Conference Bookings via Leeds University Booking System;


or send Cheques made payable to ‘University of Leeds’ to:

Antique Dealer Project Conference

School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies

University of Leeds





February 15, 2016

Project Conference Programme Announced

The project conference, to be held on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th April at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, has now been finalised. The two day conference is an opportunity to hear about this AHRC funded 32 month research project focused on the history of the British Antique Trade in the 20th century.

project poster

The conference programme includes a selection of academic papers from the project team, together talks from well-known figures from the world of antiques, and high-profile antique dealers. There is also an ‘In Conversation’ session, with a selection of the oral history interviewees involved in the research project, as well as some facilitated discussion group sessions based around issues in the history of the antique trade.

Alongside these academic papers, talks and discussion groups there are also expert-led guided tours around our venue, Temple Newsam House, together with specialist sessions on antique dealer archives and museum object sessions as part of behind-the-scenes tours.

The conference fees include all sessions, tours etc and lunch on both days, together with an evening wine reception with music accompaniment from the historical musical instruments at Temple Newsam House.

The conference is both an opportunity for dissemination of the preliminary results of the research project, and celebrate and thank the many participants in the project.

We do hope you can join us for what we hope will prove to be a fascinating and lively two-day event.

Here is a Poster, with details of the programme and booking form. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Leeds.


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