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Annual General Meeting - Friday September 27th 2019

To be held at The William Morris Society, Hammersmith, London from 6:30pm to 9pm

This year we have Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet to present a short talk on his experiences conserving, and preparing for use, the collection of historic musical instruments at St Celias Hall, Edinburgh.

All welcome! 


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: October 21st - 25th 2019 - Monday to Friday, 9:30 - 4:30pm
​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.


Standard - £395.00 per person
ICON Member - £370.00 per person
Student - £325.00 per person
Deposit - £100.00 per person

Please follow the link to book:

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.