Year of the Dealer - Events

Four ‘Year of the Dealer’ Project workshops and three ‘In Conversation’ events will be hosted by selected participating museums.  – National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, (Edinburgh), The Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle), The Lady Lever Art Gallery (Liverpool), The Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) and The V&A Museum (London).

We will also be re-staging the play ‘Quinneys’ – the now little known, but important stage-play which we have now made into a film, with screenings planned later in 2021. We will also run a Q&A titled ‘Dealing with Authenticity’ at a venue in Leeds and London.

The antique dealer archives, generously donated by leading antique dealers to the Brotherton Library Special Collections at the University of Leeds, has brought together, for the first time, an extraordinary range of historic business archives of several well-known antique furniture dealers such as Phillips of Hitchin and Ronald A. Lee.  This event, chaired by Dr Mark Westgarth, brings leading dealers Jerome Phillips and Martin Levy in conversation with Joanne Fitton, Head of Special Collections, and Karen Sayers, lead archivist, at the Brotherton Library Special Collections, to explore the riches of these archives.  The event will highlight key items in the archives, some of which date back to the 1880s, as well as outlining their history and how they came to Leeds.  There will also be an opportunity to direct questions to the participants and to hear about plans for the future of these increasingly important resources.

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**** PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED – WE WILL POST A REVISED DATE FOR THE EVENT AS SOON AS WE CAN ***
The Ashmolean Museum – Workshop. ‘Art Markets & Museums: Restitution and Repatriation of Cultural Heritage’ SATURDAY 15th February 2020 10.30am – 4.00pm. Invitation Only: Limited Numbers (50). If you would like to participate in this Workshop please email us at antiquedealers@leeds.ac.uk outlining why you would like to attend and the experience/expertise you would bring to…
The Bowes Museum – Workshop. Art Markets & Cultural Heritage: Export Stop, Waverley and Acceptance in Lieu. FRIDAY 31st January 2020 – 10.30am – 4.00pm. Invitation Only: Limited Numbers (50). If you would like to participate in this Workshop please email us at antiquedealers@leeds.ac.uk outlining why you would like to attend and the experience/expertise you…
YoD ‘In Conversation’ – The Lady Lever Art Gallery THURSDAY 21st November 2019 6.00pm – 8.00pm Art Markets, Antique Dealers and Museums: the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Then & Now In the late 19th and early 20th centuries William Hesketh Lever, later 1st Lord Leverhulme, assembled vast collections of antique furniture, decorative objects and paintings,…