Antique Dealers: the British Antique Trade in the 20th Century

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Antique Dealers: the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography - is a 30 month research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

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The project seeks to document, map, contextualize and critically analyze the antique trade as it has evolved and developed in Britain in the 20th century. We aim to assess the cultural geography of the trade in antiques in a British context with consideration of its international dimensions and the relationships to the European and North American markets. And we would like your help - click the 'Get Involved' button.

Latest Blog Posts

  • The Architecture of the Trade – antique, second-hand, and reproduction furniture - August 21, 2014
    A longer than usual Blog entry – but the issues are complex! – I recently visited Tyne & Wear archives (at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle) to have a look at the archive of an antique dealer named Robertson, trading in Newcastle in the 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the archive! I did […]
  • Frank Partridge & Sons – donation of materials - August 16, 2014
    The antique trade continues to be exceptionally generous to the research project – Anthony Smith, formerly with the well-known dealers Frank Partridge & Sons (Partridge Fine Arts) serving as accountant, company secretary and finance director for almost 28 years, very kindly donated a whole stack of Partridge catalogues (1974-2007) to the project – as well […]
  • Oral History Interviews – Bill Beaton - August 13, 2014
    We completed another of our oral history interviews on Monday 11th August – up at Kinross in Scotland, with William (Bill) Beaton.  Bill is in his 80s and retired from antique dealing about 25 years ago!  He started his antique dealing activities with his father, Walter Beaton, in about 1946 just after WWII, at his […]

Interactive Map


One of the main outputs for the Antique Dealers project will be an interactive map of Britain which will plot the changing locations of the antique trade as it developed over the course of the 20th century. The research team will be collating a wide range of data for uploading into the Interactive website; Mark Wales, the software programmer for the project, is currently building the framework for the Interactive website - we envisage the website will go 'Live' by late March 2014. The website will also be populated with user-generated content, so if you would like to contribute to the research project do click on the 'Get Involved' button and tell us how you can help!

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    Interactive Website making progress

    Our interactive website is starting to come together. Mark (Sparky) Wales is currently modelling and testing the wesbite and we now are starting to populate it with real data from our research team.

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    Seeking Volunteer Help!

    The Antique Dealers project is seeking volunteer help from Local and Family Historians, or anyone interested in contributing to the project. You don't need to have any expertise on the history of the antique trade, but a keen eye for accuracy would be needed. We have composed a little poster.....

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University of Southampton Leeds Museums and Galleries

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Arts & Humanities Research Council

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