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


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


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.

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!

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 are part of the rich legacy of the Antique Dealers project and will 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]

Project Conference


Our two-day research project conference, which took place at Temple Newsam House, Leeds in April 2016, was an opportunity to participate in, and hear about, research into the history of the British Antique Trade in the 20th century.

Click HERE for details of the programme for the conference.

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


A Collaboration with …

University of Southampton Leeds Museums and Galleries

Funded by …

Arts & Humanities Research Council

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