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Final week to register for the Furniture and Wooden Objects Group Biennial Symposium.

The Group are subsidising the event so tickets are offered at a discounted price - refreshments and a buffet lunch are included.

Icon Member: £35
Students: £25
Non members: £45

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite

The symposium is to be held on:
Friday 10 May, 2019
9:30 – 5:30
The Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF

The schedule for the day is as follows: 

9:30am Registration

10:00am Welcome speech by Icon Chief Executive, Sara Crofts

10:05 to 10:30 Silvia Tagliante, Paintings and Furniture Conservation, University of Turin, Italy. (co authors: Alessandro Morandotti, Eliano Diana, Gianna Ferraris Di Celle, Paola Croveri, Paola Manchinu and Paolo Luciani)
Charm of the East: conservation of a lacquer cabinet.

10:30 to 11:00 Harriet Lewars and Jonida Mecani, Objects Conservation, City & Guilds of London Art School.
Conserving a Pietre Dure Table: Final Year (BA) Project at City & Guilds of London Art School.

11:00 to 11:30 Break for refreshments

11:30 to 12:00 Tania Desloge, British Museum Organics Conservator and Netanya Schiff, UCL MSc Conservation graduate.
Fighting fit: the conservation of samurai armour at the British Museum.

12:00 to 12:30 Kate Orfeur ACR, Senior Textile Conservator and Beatrice Farmer, Textile Conservator, Historic Royal Palaces.
Investigations into textile treatment options for the cornices and corbels from Queen Caroline’s State Bed, Hampton Court Palace.

12:30 to 1:00 John Hartley ACR, Proprietor of Tankerdale Ltd, Furniture and Woodwork Conservation (co author: Claire Goulbourn ACR, Senior Textile Conservator, National Trust)
The James II Bed and the Rural Industries Bureau.

1:00 to 2:00 Lunch

2:00 to 2:30 Amy Anderson ACR, Commissioned Treatment Conservation Supervisor, Historic Royal Palaces.
Number 5, Tower Green: the challenge of conserving and presenting seventeenth century painted panelling in a fragile and complicated building.

2:30 to 3:00 Isobel Harcourt, Upholstery Conservator, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Maria Sanchez Carvajal, Paintings and Decorative Surfaces Conservator, National Trust.
The Leicester Gallery Suite: An Interdisciplinary Conservation Approach.

3:00 to 3:30 Break for refreshments

3:30 to 4:00 Teresa Heady, Senior Objects Conservator, St Pauls Cathedral, London.
The History of the conservation of the Great Model by Christopher Wren 1673 to present: Exploring a way forward and using 3D imaging as a tool.

4:00 to 4:30 Letizia Marcattili, Easel Paintings and Furniture Conservator, Italy.
Conservation project of a gilded and painted canopy from the 18th century.

4:30 Closing remarks from Michelle Kirk, Group Chair.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Upcoming courses at Wooburn Craft School: Traditional Finishes

About the school: Wooburn Craft School is located just 35 minutes outside of London near two major motorways (M4 and M40) and it is very close to two train stations (Bourne End and Beaconsfield).  If you want to enjoy the English country side a number of  local B&B’s  can be recommended.

To sign up to any of the below courses, please visit the Wooburn Craft School website ( or call Ernest Riall (07753322609)

French Polishing and Wax Finishes: RESCHEDULED for this October 2019 - please check this page for dates
​This very popular course is returning to The Wooburn Craft School.  Taught by a leading Conservator-Restorer and teacher in France, Pierre-Alain Le Cousin, who will instruct students on the fine art of finishing decorative objects. Particular attention will be spent on French Polishing and the use of wax finishes.  As a leading expert in the field of restoration and conservation, Pierre-Alain will be able to share with the students many techniques and insights that would be difficult to get elsewhere.  In this course, he will discuss the basics (the ‘mouse’, the different types of shellacs, different types of waxes), he will present different recipes for using shellac for varnishing, and for filling, different wax recipes, the use of resin based shellac for filling.  This will be a very hands on course as Pierre-Alain, will show students how to apply the shellac and wax, how to apply black shellac and shellac for brasses.  If times allows, Pierre-Alain will also demonstrate the use of painting techniques in restoration.

The Tutor:  Pierre-Alain currently teaches restoration at l'Ecole Boulle in Paris. He has a very impressive CV showing his work spanning over 20 years and including many of the greatest museums in France; restoring and conserving very important decorative objects. A partial listing of his prior clients include:
• Château de Fontainebleau
• Château Grand Trianon
• Mobilier National
• Château de Chaumont
As well as The Wallace Collection here in England as well as many private clients. He has been employed at the workshops of Simon Pierre Etienne and for Societe Steinitz where he restored pieces produced by David Roentgen, Andre Charles Boulle, Carlin Martin among others.