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Regional Furniture Society - Research in Progress Event

This year’s Research in Progress event continues the RFS successful series of themed events with furniture and history of art speakers reporting on their latest research and discoveries.

Following the themed 2018 and 2019 Research in Progress events, on Sixteenth Century Furniture and The Regional Chair, the 2020 event will also be themed. The papers will report on the latest research and will draw on both furniture history and history of art approaches.


The speakers will be:

Martin Bridge (Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory and UCL Institute of Archaeology) ‘New developments in timber dating’ (Martin is a leader in this field and has a particular interest in dendro-provenancing. See 

Nick Humphrey (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Dept., Victoria and Albert Museum, London) ‘A fifteenth-century desk-cupboard at the Victoria and Albert Museum’

Jens Kremb (Independent scholar, Bonn) ‘The chest of drawers: a late medieval piece of furniture?’  (See

Eva Oledzka (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) ‘Colour in ecclesiastical and secular medieval interiors’ (Eva is author of Medieval and Renaissance Interiors (British Library, 2016) and contributor to A Cultural History of Colour (Bloomsbury). See

Chris Pickvance (Chairman, RFS) ‘A closer look at English clamped chests from 1250-1350: timber, construction and decoration.’  (Chris has been researching a variety of types of medieval chest in England for over ten years. See

Noah Smith (PhD student in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent) ‘The ‘Courtrai chest’ at New College, Oxford:   iconography and materiality’. (This chest has given rise to much controversy and has been considered as everything from a fake to a Belgian national treasure. It is one focus of Noah’s research on Flemish medieval art.)

Rachel Sycamore (MRes student in Medieval Archaeology, Worcester University) ‘Early church chests in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.' (Rachel’s research focuses on dug-out chests.)

The meeting is open to non-members. The booking form is now available on the RFS website: www.regionalfurnituresociety/

50% event bursaries are available for members and non-members; for eligibility criteria and procedure please see Bursary applicants should apply before completing the event booking form.

Event Location
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London,
Event Type