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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 Society runs an extensive Events programme including day visits to a variety of institutions, private collections and places of interest, study weekends and overseas tours.


The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected many of our planned events and will continue to do so for the coming months.  We are postponing many of our visits and holding others entirely online.  If any events advertised here need to be postponed we will offer to those who have expressed interest the option of a refund or the chance to re-book at a later date. 

The Annual Lecture and Annual Symposium (and, most likely, the AGM) will all be held online this year.  We will be sending all members emails with the links to follow in due course and we will update the website as our plans progress.


While we cannot arrange physical visits and many members are restricted to their homes, we have arranged a series of free, online Sunday-evening lectures available to all during June and July, in collaboration with our colleagues at the BIFMO (British and Irish Furniture Makers Online) project.  We think this is a valuable addition to our Events programme and we plan to continue to present online lectures as a regular feature in the future.  Members will be sent links to the lectures by email, and if any non-members would like to watch, please contact the Events Secretary at for the link.  Please keep checking the website for details of more lectures.


In normal times, members are entitled to attend any of the various lectures or symposia held throughout the year and participate in special visits, study weekends or tours, subject to availability of places. There is also a programme of early evening study events organised by the FHS Grants Committee, specifically for junior museum/heritage curators, MA/PhD students & young professionals in the trade.  For further information on these events click here.

For any events queries or questions please contact the Events Secretary:

Beatrice Goddard, Westfield Cottage, 150 Bloomfield Road, Bath, BA2 2AT.


T: 07775 907 390


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.

6th Sep / 2020

Sunday, 6 September 2020, 19.00 (BST)

England / Chichester
7th Sep / 2020
Visit to Goodwood House - POSTPONED

Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PX NEW DATE TO BE ADVISED

3rd - 4th Oct / 2020

George IV 1820-2020: Fresh Perspectives on the King's Furniture Two-day webinar, 3 & 4 October 2020.

England / London
13th Oct / 2020
Visit to Middle Temple

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 2pm - 4pm

Wales / Cardiff
16th - 18th Oct / 2020
POSTPONED Autumn Study Trip - Cardiff

New date to be advised

22nd Oct / 2020
2020 FHS Annual Lecture

To be held online Thursday, 22 October 2020 6pm for 6.30pm start

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

Saturday, 28 November 2020 11am - 1pm