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The Benefits
of Society Membership

Find out more about the benefits of membership including annual journals, lectures, study weekends and overseas tours.

Events Programme


The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our planned events programme and will continue to do so for the coming months.

The Annual Symposium, Annual Lecture and AGM will be held online this year (see below  for details).


While we cannot arrange physical visits we are developing an online events programme to bring the FHS to you.  We have arranged a series of free, online Sunday-evening lectures available to all, in collaboration with our colleagues at BIFMO (British & Irish Furniture Makers Online).  This is a valuable addition to our Events programme and will continue in the future.  Members are sent links to the lectures by email.  Non-members are warmly invited to join us, by emailing our Events Secretary, Beatrice Goddard, at for the link.  Please keep checking the website for details of more lectures and follow us on Instagram for updates (@furniturehistorysociety). 


GRANTS AVAILABLE for FHS UK & Overseas visits including one day visits

The FHS Grants Committee now meet quarterly to consider all applications from members, to support their participation in FHS foreign and UK study trips where the cost of a trip exceeds £45.  Please contact Jill Bace at for further information and grant application forms.


Cancellation Policy

Please note that no refunds will be given for cancellations for events costing £10.00 or less. In all other cases, cancellations will be accepted up to seven days before the date of a visit, but refunds will be subject to a £10.00 deduction for administrative costs. Please note that in the rare instances where members cannot pay until the day of a visit, they will still be charged the full amount for the day if cancelling less than seven days before the visit, or if they fail to attend.  This is necessary as the Society has usually paid in advance for a certain number of members to participate in e.g. a tour/lunch.  Separate arrangements are made for study weekends and foreign tours and terms are clearly stated on the printed details in each case.

1st Nov / 2020
FHS free online lecture - Dr Francesca Vanke (Senior Curator and Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery)

8th Nov / 2020
BIFMO free online lecture - Dr Sebastian Pryke, Director 'The Sign of the Pelican'

Reattributing the Chippendale Daybeds at Stanway House: the Case for Scottish Makers Alexander Peter and William Matthie

22nd Nov / 2020
FHS free online lecture - Wilhelmina Castelijns Van Beek (Keeper of the Royal Furniture, The Netherlands)

'The Empire furniture collection in the royal palaces'

28th Nov / 2020
2020 FHS Annual General Meeting & Works in Progress - Online

Saturday, 28 November 2020 11am - 1pm

30th Nov / 2020
The Wallace Collection History of Collecting Seminar, in collaboration with the Furniture History Society

'Creating a market: dealers, auctioneers and the passion for Riesener furniture, 1800-1882'

6th Dec / 2020
Gillian Wilson Memorial Lecture

Presented by The Furniture History Society in association with the French Porcelain Society. Online lecture with Anna Somers Cocks. 6pm (BST)

7th Dec / 2020
The Wallace Collection History of Collecting Seminar, in collaboration with the Furniture History Society

'Riesener Masterpieces: royal furniture in Britain'

14th Dec / 2020
The Wallace Collection History of Collecting Seminar, in collaboration with the Furniture History Society

Alexander Collins (former Riesener Project Leverhulme Fellow, The Wallace Collection), 'Memoires for the Garde-Meuble: Riesener's perspective on royal furniture'