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The committee are delighted to announce two forthcoming events at the start of 2019.

Monday 21st January 2019 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington  

A Bed of Roses – The Mystery Bed

It has been suggested that this four-poster bed was made for the marriage of Henry VII in 1485. It has also been suggested that it is a forgery made in the 19th century.

Furniture historians are undecided. Can scientific analysis hold the answer?

So far there have been two conflicting dendrochronology results, questions raised over the reliability of the carbon dating, interesting DNA and paint analysis findings.

This one-day symposium, devoted to unravelling the mystery, may provide the answer. A must for any conservator interested in meshing material and art historical analysis.

Discounted rates available for ICON members and students.

Conference flyer below

Programme TBA

Booking now via Eventbrite


Tuesday 5th February at Leighton House, South Kensington

An Evening Exploring Frederic Leighton's Private Palace of Art, its History and its Conservation.

Warm up a chilly February evening by joining the Historic Interiors Group for an evening exploring the wonderful Leighton House Museum, South Kensington following the £1.6m restoration programme.

18:30 - AGM (Open to all)

19:00 - The History of Leighton House - Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator, Museum

19:40 - Historic Interiors Conservation & Refurbishment - Dante Vanoli, Project Architect, Purcell

20:20 - 21:30  - Drinks around the fountain

There will also be the opportunity to hear Helen Hughes and Allyson MeDermott discuss the architectural paint research and wallpaper conservation carried out during the project.


All tickets £12, please book via Eventbrite 


The 10th Annual Cambridge Conference will be returning on Friday April 12th 2019.

From Pre-Raphaelites to Arts & Crafts will follow our chronological progress through architectural style.

Please check back here for details or follow us on Twitter @H_IntGroup for updates


Image: Josef Sotira; The Study of Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna; Public Domain