Posts tagged ‘portobello road’

June 15, 2014

Oral History Interviews – Peta Smyth and Kate Thurlow

The oral history interviews are gathering pace!…Emma Slocombe, curator at the National Trust, at Knole and a member of the Advisory Board for the Antique Dealers project very kindly helped out with an interview for the project last week.  Emma interviewed the dealers Peta Smyth and Kate Thurlow about their memories of the trade.  Both Peta and Kate started their antique dealing careers in Portobello Road (just like Kathleen Skin, one of our other interviewees!), before moving through various shops in Kensington Church Street, Kings Road and Pimlico, in London. Emma’s interview with Peta and Kate will be apart of the growing archive of dealer memories and will be available via the project website over the coming months.



May 24, 2014

Oral History Interviews – Kath’s Button Box

We’ve started the oral history interviews for the Antique Dealers project.  This week I interviewed Kathleen Skin, about her time at Portobello Road antiques market during the 1950s and 1960s; and her time at Grays Antiques market in the 1980s. Kathleen is 93 years old, and has absolutely fascinating memories about buying and selling a whole range of things. Here’s Kathleen, in her home at Cambridge.

Kathleen Skin May 2014

Kathleen Skin, 2014

Kathleen told us about life on Portobello Road, antique dealing for ‘fun’, and some extraordinary things she bought – including a silver belt with Wedgwood ‘Jasperware’ plaques and a rare 18th century doll (which she sold to the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood now the V&A Museum of Childhood). Kathleen began to specialize in buttons, (she still loves buttons!), and continued her trading at Grays Antiques Market in the 1980s, as ‘Kath’s Button Box’. Here’s some of the shops and stalls in Portobello Road in the mid 1970s……

Portobello Road in the 1970s

Portobello Road in the 1970s

All of the project interviews we are collecting , including the interview with Kathleen, will be archived and made available via the project website as the project develops.


March 27, 2014

Portobello Road

We were very interested to read the letter from Kathleen Skin (aged 93)! published in the letters column of the Antiques Trade Gazette this week. See ATG 22nd March 2014. Kathleen briefly outlined her memories of her time as a dealer trading in the famous Portobello Road during WWII, with some absolutely fascinating reflections – we’re hoping to interview Kathleen as part of the oral history parts of the Antique Trade research project.

And thanks to Editor of the ATG, Ivan Macquisten for sending us the PDF of the letters page, and for writing to Kathleen on our behalf to try to set up a meeting (Thanks Ivan!)

here’s the PDF of the letter – Kathleen Skin letter ATG

As part of the project we will be investigating the history of Portobello Road Antiques markets in more detail, so keep your eye on the developments.




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