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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 […]

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Tools and techniques 1600-1840 by Clive Edwards

TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES 1600-1840 by Clive Edwards Clive Edwards is Emeritus Professor of Design History at Loughborough University. After a career in the retailing of furniture and interiors he took an MA in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum and subsequently completed a PhD on Victorian furniture technology. […]

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Atara makes the Grade!

Congratulations to Atara Aberman on attaining BAFRA Graduate Member status. We caught up with Atara at her North London workshop to find out about her and her assessment. After successful careers in IT and child care, Atara wanted to move her career in a more creative direction.     An Open University degree in Art and Literature […]

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New members of the Executive Committee – 2017

BAFRA is pleased to announce the appointment of two Associate Members to the Executive Committee, Rachel Cooze and Cesar Cerejo. Rachel has taken on the role of Events Officer. Rachel Cooze was born in Wiltshire and still lives in the county.  She studied French at Cardiff University and was awarded a BAHons.  After a successful career […]

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BAFRA at Godinton House, Ashford, Kent – 5th October 2017

BAFRA at Godinton House, Ashford, Kent – 5th October 2017 by Rachel Cooze The venue for this year’s AGM was Godinton House, near Ashford, Kent.  This gem of a red brick Jacobean manor house, mellowed with age, sits in tranquil parkland.   The outline of its semi-circular Flemish gables is echoed in the neat yew hedges […]

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The Finchcocks Charity – Conservation Report by Bruce Luckhurst

Bruce Luckhurst was employed by Adlam-Burnett in 1976 to restore and copy instruments from the Finchcocks Museum of Early Keyboard Instruments.    His association with the collection continued for 43 years until the sale in 2017 of 99 instruments and the country house which accommodated them.  The owners, Dick and Katrina Burnett, retained  fourteen representative […]

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Living and caring for Antique Furniture

Living with Antique Furniture The Natural Enemies (1) Climate   Until the first quarter of the 20th. century, most furniture was made with natural organic materials, whereas today some of the organic materials have been  made more stable with the introduction of chipboard, hardboard and MDF. It is the instability of wood in particular that […]

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Dyeing Timber – Harewood by Richard Higgins

Dyeing Timber – Harewood by Richard Higgins It would seem that to buy new harewood or other dyed timbers today is all but impossible and supplies of old coloured veneers similarly unattainable. There are available (from Crispins etc.) Italian imports as used in their modern marquetry reproduction furniture but these are incredibly thin knife cut […]

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BAFRA accredited member Vincent Reed and the old oak panelling at Groombridge Place

As reported in the Telegraph.   Centuries old oak panelling at Groombridge Place has been lovingly restored. Sarah Lonsdale garners tips from the craftsmen who breathe life into antique wood In the recent film remake of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, audiences were captivated yet again by the humour and complexities of the much-loved characters. […]

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BAFRA at the Historic Buildings, Parks & Gardens Event 2015 on Tuesday 17th November 2015

The Historic Buildings, Parks and Gardens Event 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1 . BAFRA once again took a stand at this extremely prestigious event. It has proved to be a great opportunity to engage with potential clients from a different approach, rather than the usual antique fairs […]

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