The antique chests and antique dining tables in Lancashire’s Hall i’ th’ Wood museum resemble those used at the hall in Tudor times and, in April, the museum will be celebrating this with a Tudor-themed Discovery Day that includes dressing up, craft activities and tours of the house.
An outstanding example of a timber-framed Tudor manor house, the Hall i’ th’ Wood dates from (more…)
Even in the relatively crime-free Ribble Valley, an antique cabinet should be well insured; not only against damage, but against theft as well.
This fact has been brought home by a case in Vermont, USA, in which aptly named American career criminal Charles Pickett went on a burglary spree in the Vermont area, concentrating on antiques belonging to the recently deceased. Unlike the typical house burglar, however, Pickett did not just concentrate on portable items like jewellery and silver; he was prepared to take (more…)
In Yorkshire, as in Lancashire, the Victorian dining chairs and antique chests of the county’s stately homes have stood the test of time, and even survived the odd war or two; but what impact did these conflicts have on the lives of the families who actually lived in these houses and used the furniture?
Duty Calls: The Country House in Time of War is an innovative new project launched by the Yorkshire Country House Partnership (YCHP); a collaborative union between York University and thirteen (more…)
A garden centre might seem the last place to find Victorian dining chairs and antique desks, but one Cumbrian venue has a museum full of them – with the difference that a set of antique balloon back dining chairs will fit comfortably into the pocket.
The garden centre is in the grounds of Grade II listed Houghton Hall, an early 19th century mansion which, unlike its famous Norfolk namesake, is not open to the public. However, the miniscule antique cabinets and other furniture of the World in Miniature Museum are every bit as impressive as those owned by the Cholmondeley family.
Created by skilled miniaturists and displayed in authentic (more…)
The contents of antique cabinets are generally a lot more valuable if they are available as a set; a fact Oriental porcelain collector Tony Evans discovered to his cost after he sold his Kangxi dynasty rice bowl for £235,000 – and then remembered it was one of a pair which, together, could have realised over (more…)
18 Stafford Terrace is probably not a familiar address to people in Lancashire, but the antique desks, Victorian dining chairs and other contents represent one of the finest Aesthetic Victorian interiors in existence, and on 16th May it will be put under the spotlight in the Museums at Night festival.
Museums at Night is a yearly after-hours heritage and culture event held at museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and other cultural venues across the UK. Organised by Culture24, with funding from (more…)
The 21st March is World Poetry Day, and the National Trust at Wordsworth House will be celebrating the event with readings of the poet’s best known works while visitors peruse the antique bookcases of the rooms where the great Romantic poet spent his early childhood.
The Chippendale dining chairs and antique mahogany pedestal desk of the Cumbrian mansion where William Wordsworth and his sister were born are not the same as (more…)
National Trust properties are not all grand mansions stuffed with antique marquetry furniture ; some, such as Stoneywell Cottage, which the Trust purchased in January, are relatively modest – but are at least as important.
Stoneywell, in Leicestershire, is an unsurpassed example of an Arts and Crafts house. Designed, built and part-furnished by the famous designer-architect (more…)
To collectors in Preston, the open bookcases and antique chests of houses like Rufford Old Hall represent the perfect day out; yet according to a (more…)
The antique dining tables and Open Bookcases of Browsholme Hall, in the Forest of Bowland, represent 14 generations of collecting by the Parker family, who (more…)