BAFRA Chippendale Study Day – Thursday 17th May 2018

BAFRA – Chippendale Study Day – Thursday 17th May 2018

10.00am to 16.30pm

 Leeds Museum and Temple Newsam House

BAFRA will be holding an exclusive event to join in with the celebration of 300 years of Thomas Chippendale. Our study day on Thursday 17th May 2018 will be hosted by renowned experts Dr Adam Bowett and James Lomax, co-curators of the Leeds City Museum major exhibition that explores Chippendale’s life, work and legacy. The day combines lectures, a guided tour of the exhibition and a visit to Temple Newsam House with its fine furniture collections.


Leeds City Museum – Millenium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH

Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779. A celebration of craftsmanship and designs.

The exhibition at Leeds City Museum 9th February – 9th June 2018 is part of the Chippendale tercentenary celebrations and a major exploration of his life and work. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was Britain’s most famous furniture maker. The 95 exhibits feature furniture, accessories, drawings, documents and other material from collections throughout the UK. The wide range of furniture and objects include some rarely seen items from private collections and new discoveries exhibited for the first time.

Temple Newsam House – Temple Newsam Road, Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE

This fine Tudor-Jacobean mansion on the outskirts of Leeds is now a country house museum owned by the City of Leeds. The 30 interior rooms display some of the most comprehensive collections of furniture, paintings, silver, ceramics and textiles outside of London. Temple Newsam is home to many items loaned by the Chippendale Society, including the library writing table made for Harewood House. The house has been refurnished with high quality objects made for other country houses, as well as a number of pieces of furniture made specifically for it by James Pascall in 1745, now regained. Interiors have been decorated appropriate to their historic appearance and include an early-Tudor Room, Chinese Room, displays of late 18th century classical revival furniture and other fine examples of decorative arts. Temple Newsam was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, and is set in 1500 acres of parkland, landscaped by “Capability” Brown. It is also home to a rare breeds farms and boast a Georgian Walled Garden.


*Dr Adam Bowett is the Chairman of the Chippendale Society and an independent furniture historian. He has published widely in popular and scholarly journals and has written three books on English Furniture.

*James Lomax is the Hon. Curator of the Chippendale Society and has worked as a museum curator at Temple Newsam, Leeds (the home of the Chippendale Society’s collections) for 30 years. He has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on the decorative arts. He is president of the Silver Society.

Chippendale Study Day Programme

10.00 – 10.30             Leeds City Museum, Thoresby Room

Registration and tea/coffee

10.30 – 10.35             Welcome and Introduction

10.35 – 11.05             Presentation – James Lomax (Exhibition Co-curator)

Overview of highlights of the exhibition “Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779 A celebration of    craftsmanship and design”

11.05 – 11.35             Presentation – Dr Adam Bowett (Exhibition Co-curator)

“Chippendale’s neo-classical marquetry”

11.35 – 13.00             Tour of Exhibition in the company of James Lomax and Dr Adam Bowett

13.00 – 14.00             Lunch break/travel to Temple Newsam House

NB:   lunch will not be provided by BAFRA. There is a cafeteria at Leeds City Museum. Delegates should also arrange their own travel to Temple Newsam House, although there may be the opportunity to car share with other delegates.

14.30 – 15.00             Temple Newsam House, Temple Newsam Road, Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE

Introduction to the collection – James Lomax

15.00 – 16.30             Tour of the collections guided by Dr Adam Bowett and James Lomax

16.30                          Close


Places for this exclusive event are limited and will be available on a “first come – first served” basis with priority given to BAFRA members. If members are interested in attending, please contact Head Office before 23rd March, after which non-members will be able to apply to attend.


Cost for Lectures and Guided Tours:

Full Accredited BAFRA Members – Free of Charge

Other BAFRA Members – £10 per person

Non-BAFRA Members – £20 per person


Images of the exhibitions provided by Leeds City Museum: