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Senior Conservator – Restorer of Upholstery

It’s unpicking the stitches to revive centuries of history It’s being trusted to deliver. And it’s the satisfaction of caring for an irreplaceable collection. This is what makes a career with the Royal Household so different. The collection of furniture spanning across our locations is truly diverse, with many unique and historically significant items. What’s more, it’s a […]

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Apprentice Furniture Maker/Technician – applications are now closed

It’s learning a new craft and building the foundations for a lasting career. It’s feeling valued for your growing skillset. And it’s the satisfaction of caring for a truly diverse furniture collection. This is what makes an apprenticeship with The Royal Household so different. The range of furniture in the Royal residencies is extensive and contains many […]

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BAFRA is pleased to announce two training days on 19th and 20th February 2020

“The Repair of Modern Furniture using Konig Materials” at the new Konig offices:  Unit 1 Parade Court, Central Boulevard, Prologis Park, Coventry CV6 4QL We have booked two training days as there has been a lot of interest in the use of the Konig System since we held the original courses.  Members have passed on […]

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BAFRA AGM – HAREWOOD HOUSE 19th October 2019

Members and their guests recently gathered at Harewood House in Yorkshire for BAFRA’s 40th AGM. Our day started with delegates gathering over refreshments to register and catch up with colleagues, with some members travelling from as far afield as Scotland and the South Coast and staying locally the night before.       As Harewood […]

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Win a Ticket to the Breuer Symposium – 16th November 2019

A one day symposium at Arnolfini exploring the Bauhaus’s impact on Bristol open to everyone who has an interest in design.   About this Event This is a day packed full of information and discussion about Modernism in 1930s Britain. It centres on the previously untold story of the collaboration between the Bauhaus’s Marcel Breuer […]

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BAFRA is pleased to confirm that this year’s AGM is to be held on Friday 11th October 2019 at the beautiful Harewood House near Leeds, West Yorkshire.  Celebrating 40 years of BAFRA, it promises to be a special day so please put the date in your diary.  Keep checking back on our website for further […]

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Japanning Day – Saturday 27th April 2019 (NOW SOLD OUT!!)

The date for this training day has now been changed to 27th April 2019.  However, all places are now filled but it is hoped to repeat the day either later in the year or early next!   Japanning A practical course in Japanning. The European equivalent to the oriental Chinese and Japanese lacquer. (Urushi) Outcomes […]

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Strawberry Hill House Tour – Wednesday 21st November 2018

The magnificent collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and curiosities created by Horace Walpole for his celebrated Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill, which was later dispersed all over the world in the famous sale of the century in 1842, will be reassembled for the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Warpole’s Collection.  […]

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Clock Study Day – Book your place now!

The next BAFRA training day will be devoted to the conservation, restoration and care of clocks. It will be a very much “hands on” day and will take place at Richard Higgins’ workshops near Shrewsbury in Shropshire on Saturday 15th September 2018 starting at 10.30 am and finishing around 5pm latest (please bring lunch with […]

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BAFRA Welcomes New Accredited Member Bill Ratcliffe!

BAFRA is pleased to report another new accredited member. Bill Ratcliffe of Craven Conservation Ltd is based in Newmarket, Suffolk. Director, Bill Ratcliffe has many years of experience with qualifications include City & Guilds in cabinet making, upholstery and surface finishing though to a Masters Degree in the Conservation of Historic Objects.

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Frederick Parker Collection Study Day – Thursday 14th June 2018

                                  Dr. John Cross and Christopher Claxton Stevens will be our hosts for the BAFRA Study Day at the Frederick Parker Chair Collection, housed at the London Metropolitan University’s Archives and Special Collections Gallery, Old Castle Street, London E1. The study day will give delegates the rare opportunity to tour […]

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Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair

Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair | 5 – 8 April 2018 | NEC, Birmingham Antiques for Everyone returns this April for its spring fair on 5 – 8 April at Birmingham’s iconic NEC. A special invitation to attend the above fair has again been extended to BAFRA members. Established as the largest vetted art, antiques […]

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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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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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James Broughton of “Alexander George Fine Antiques Ltd”, appointed Chairman of British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA) at this year’s A.G.M. at Godinton House, 5th October 2017

James, a BAFRA accredited conservator with over 35 years experience working at the highest levels of the antique trade, has served on the Executive Committee for the last four years in the position of “Events organiser” James is a partner of “Alexander George Fine Antiques Ltd” Along with his business partner Mark Pargeter, they run […]

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BAFRA Colouring Clinic – Saturday 4th November 2017

BAFRA are pleased to confirm their next training day will be held by Jim Broughton and his colleague Mark Pargeter of “Alexander George Fine Antique Furniture Ltd” on the 4th November 2017 Following on from their previously well attended colouring days, accredited member Jim and Mark will be holding a “Colouring Clinic” at their workshops […]

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Konig Repair Course – Part 2 Saturday 23rd November 2017

The course will cover repairs to lacquer as well as queries regarding surfaces brought in by attendees.  For anyone who has experience of using this system it will allow questions to be raised about any problems to the course trainer, Richard Iles. Course runs 9.00am to 4.00pm.  Lunch will be provided. Costs are £50 to […]

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The gilding workshop day will run from 9.30am – 4pm on Saturday 23rd September 2017. The workshop will held at Rodrigo’s studio at Titian Studio, 65 Jeddo Road, London, W12 9ED.  Lunch will not be provided so please bring your own. The day will incorporate basic frame restoration and touching on more complex mould making […]

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BAFRA AGM Thursday 5th October 2017

We are pleased to confirm that this year’s AGM will be held on Thursday 5th October 2017 at Godinton House in Ashford, Kent. The day will include a guided tour of Godinton House and its fine furniture. Full AGM paperwork will be mailed out to all members but further details can be obtained from Head […]

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