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May 31, 2015

Antique Dealers Project presented at BADA Regional Meeting

I forgot to mention, due to the increased activities on the oral history interviews front, that we were very kindly invited by The British Antique Dealers’ Association to give a presentation about the various initiatives of the AHRC Antique Dealers Project at the BADA Northern Regional Meeting of BADA in Yorkshire on Friday 15th May.

Mark Dodgson, the BADA Secretary General, has been following the project with considerable interest – and indeed has been very supportive, he even provided us with a copy of BADA catalogue of the Art Treasures Exhibition (1932), which has been a valuable resource for our ongoing research into the history of the British Antiques Trade. We were also very warmly received by members of the BADA meeting, which included Tony & Mary Lumb (with whom we have already undertaken a fascinating oral history interview – thanks again Tony & Mary!); present were also Louise Phillips (of Elaine Phillips Antiques); Holly Johnson & Benjamin Aardewerk (of Holly Johnson Antiques); Simon Myers (of the old established dealers R.N. Myers & Son); Philip Carrol; Paul Beedham (of Paul Beedham Antiques); Helen Sutcliffe (Sutcliffe Galleries); and Chairman of the Council, Michael Cohen (together with his wife Ewa, of Cohen & Cohen Antiques).

After a fabulous lunch, I presented a short(ish) presentation, outlining the project and it’s objectives, and demonstrated the (still in development, but very soon to be launched…really…within weeks now!) interactive project website.

It was great to have such a keen interest in the project from members of the trade, and the premier trade body – thank you for the lunch, and for your ears!


December 31, 2014

Oral History Interviews – Tony Lumb

We continue with our Oral History Interviews – the latest dealer to be in the spotlight is Tony Lumb, 3rd generation antiques dealer of the firm Charles Lumb & Sons, of Harrogate.

Tony Lumb (Dec 2014)

Tony Lumb (Dec 2014)


Mary Lumb, with Tony Lumb, 2014


James Lomax and Tony Lumb. 2014

For this interview Tony was also joined by his wife Mary Lumb who worked with Tony at their antique shop in Harrogate. We also had excellent help for the interview by James Lomax, curator emeritus, Temple Newsam House, Leeds, who acted as 2nd interviewer.  James posed some great questions and also had fascinating memories of the relationships between Temple Newsam House museum and the antique trade.

During the interview Tony recalled the history of the firm of Charles Lumb & Sons, from the early beginnings of his grandfather, Charles Lumb, who established the business in Harrogate in 1907, to when his father (Frank Lumb) and his uncle (Reg Lumb) joined the business before WWII, and when Tony first joined the business in 1956, aged just 20. We learnt that Tony’s grandfather trained as a cabinetmaker in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, and started a furniture making and restoration business in Harrogate in 1907, in a workshop in what is now Montpellier Mews, before opening an antique shop at 34 Montpellier Parade in 1947 – the firm expanded into further premises in Montpellier Parade in the 1960s and remained in Harrogate for the whole history of the firm.

The interview provided fascinating insights into the history of Charles Lumb & Sons, the changing practices of the antique trade, and Tony’s memories of other antique dealers, and the long list of international clients, collectors and museums that the firm supplied. Charles Lumb & Sons eventually closed their Harrogate business in 2012 – after over 100 years of trading in Harrogate – and as Tony said – ‘in 100 years, they moved 100 yards’! – they must have enjoyed Yorkshire!

As with the other oral history interviews, once we get around to editing and etc., the interview with Tony, Mary and James, will be made available via the project websites, sometime during early 2015.



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