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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

In 2010 a dismantled antique four-poster bed was left for collection in a car park in Chester. It was later sold at auction as a 'profusely carved Victorian four poster bed with armourial shields'. However, its now owner thought the oak looked much older and was impressed by the quality of the carving. He then embarked on an exploration of the object's past, employing an unusually broad array of archaeological, forensic and art historic analyses which produced startingly variable, and sometimes contradictory, research findings - even from the same methodology.

When all of the evidence is collated what can we conclude - it is a fifteenth century royal bed, or a revival from the age of antiquarianism?

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. The bed will be on display in the lecture theatre and be accessible to delegates for close inspection.

Speakers include Dr Anna Buelow (Head of Conservation, the British Museum); Ian Coulson (The Langley Collection); Dr Hollie Morgan (University of Lincoln); Dr Peter Lindfield (Manchester Metropolitan University); Dr Jonathan Foyle (Historic Building and Places); Dr Lasse Schindler & Dr Hilke Schroeder (Thunen Institute Hamburg); Helen Hughes (Historic Interiors Research and Conservation)

See Events page for Full Programme

Discounted rates available for ICON members and students.

Conference flyer below

Book 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