Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography

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Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography - is a 32 month research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

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Project Conference


This two-day conference is an opportunity to hear about the AHRC funded 32 month research project focused on the history of the British Antique Trade in the 20th century.

Click HERE for an informational flyer with full programme details.

We gratefully acknowledge the following for their support of the Conference: Leeds Museums and Galleries; The British Antique Dealer's Association; The Arts and Humanities Research Council


Oral Histories

Jerome Phillips

As part of the Antique Dealers research project we have been interviewing a wide range of antique dealers. Our aim is to capture the memories and reflections of dealers across the complete spectrum of the trade; at present we have interviewed dealers who began trading in Portobello Road in the 1950s, to very senior members of the trade in 3rd generation dealerships.

The interviews will be part of the rich legacy of the Antique Dealers project and will soon be available to listen to, as short 3 minute introductory clips and full 1 hour and longer in depth conversations. Our interviews have been undertaken by members of the project team, as well as some of our small team of project research volunteers. Please return regularly for updates on the Oral History Interviews.

Latest Additions

A conversation between Jerome Phillips and project lead Mark Westgarth [MP3: 42MB]

Interactive website

Interactive website - screenshot

The Antique Dealers project interactive website is LIVE!

The interactive map shows the changing history of the locations of antique dealers in Britain from 1900 to 2000, and the relationships between antique dealers and the objects that they sold to other dealers, to collectors and to museums.

The site is currently in BETA, i.e. we are testing it and seeking feedback on its functionality and content. We are continually adding more and more data to the site as the project evolves - you can send us information on any dealers absent from the site or any corrections to the information on dealers already there. Please do bear with us if the dealer or location you seek is not yet included in the site - the information will appear, eventually!

A Collaboration with …

University of Southampton Leeds Museums and Galleries

Funded by …

Arts & Humanities Research Council

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