Welcome to the Regional Furniture Society
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The Regional Furniture Society studies the rich diversity of British
regional furniture-making traditions, and the social and cultural context
of furniture from the earliest times to the present day. This includes the
development of furniture designs in relation to vernacular architecture
and the organisation of domestic interiors, as well as international
influences on design. It is also concerned with
evaluating workshop practices, the use of tools, construction techniques
and the surface treatment and decoration of furniture.
The Society was founded in 1984, and is now well established with over
750 members including collectors, furniture makers, restorers, antique
dealers, museum curators, students and furniture historians. There is a
growing membership in North America and we seek to share in the study of
the origins of American, Australian and Canadian furniture along with all
other countries where British influence is found.
A low Windsor armchair: Yew with Elm seat made in
Worksop. Notts., circa 1825
Dr B D Cotton
The Society organises an active programme of activities and an Annual
Conference. The activities range from visits to furniture collections in
museums, public and private houses, to hands-on one day courses (e.g. in
wood identification, or pole-lathe use), and ‘current research’
meetings. It also organises occasional foreign visits The Society publicises
events and courses organised by other organisations.
The Society publishes a Newsletter twice a year containing short articles, book reviews,
announcements of planned events and reports on previous events.
It publishes Regional Furniture, a scholarly journal containing the latest
research, annually. It has also published a number of one-off books.
These pages provide an introduction to regional
furniture , a list of museums, organizations and other research resources,
and an invitation to submit requests for information on specific items of
For details on the benefits of membership and a downloadable
The Society offers members the opportunity to apply for Research Bursaries
and bursaries to assist in the cost of attending Regional Furniture
Society Study Days or the Annual Conference.
© Regional Furniture Society - 2009