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About the Group

This Group exists to provide a focal point for all interested in wooden objects, from roof trusses to toy omnibuses.

The support of Group members through representation, publication, seminars and educational visits is the primary purpose.

Informal gatherings at places of general interest have proved very popular in the past and a very effective way of bringing ideas to the fore. The committee will promote more such conversation opportunities and any ideas for venues are very welcome. The Icon structure enables any members to attend any special interest group event and this exciting development will be utilized by the Group to broaden the appeal and scope of events.

Most importantly, this is your Group and its success depends upon your support. The committee's role is that of facilitator and is a flexible structure with members joining for just one event or for longer as the individual or Group wishes. Do get involved in whatever way you can.




Furniture and Wooden Objects Group Annual Symposium 2015

Location: Freemasons’ Hall London, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

Friday 15 May 2015

12:00 – 5:30

Cost:  Icon Members  £20

Icon Student members £10

Non-Icon members   £25

Registration is now open for the Icon Furniture and Wooden Objects Group’s Annual Symposium. We have an exciting and diverse selection of papers that address a wide range of research and treatments from a mixture of private and institutional conservators.  

Refreshments will be provided during the afternoon.

Our confirmed speakers are:

Zoe Allen and Phil James (Victoria and Albert Museum)  “Non-intrusive upholstery techniques for a Maire Antoinette chair”

Hugh Harrison (Hugh Harrison Conservation) “The recent conservation of the sixteenth century choir stalls at the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester”

Chloe Head and Dr Christina Young (Courtauld Institute of Art) “A model and methodology for the assessment of filing materials for insect damaged wood”

Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet (Musical Instrument Museums Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh) “Self-destructive elements in the construction of guitars in the nineteenth century)

Amy Anderson (Plowden and Smith) “From Tender to Treatment: Conservation of a seventeenth century carved oak figure from Norfolk Museums’ Collection”


The Furniture and Wooden Objects Group are subsidising the event so tickets are offered at a discounted price. 

Tickets are available from:

French Upholstery Class


There are still spaces available !


 * & New student rate


Bucks New University in High Wycombe, Bucks


20 - 24 July 2015


9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.




The Furniture and Wood Group are pleased to announce that the former head of the upholstery programme at Ecolle Boule in Paris will be coming this summer to High Wycombe to teach a week-long course in French upholstery techniques.




The instructor is Laurent Lainé, former head tutor at the leading school of furniture related skills - Ecole Boulle in Paris. He currently teaches design at Ecolle Boulle and he works for many of the leading museums in France including Versailles and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Laurent will give a one hour lecture each day on a related topic then guide each participant in completing their chosen upholstery project. There is a maximum enrolment of 12 to allow for ample one-to-one tuition.




Participants can either bring their own piece to work on or they can upholster a small footstool, provided for by the course at an additional cost of £25.




Note:  All basic materials (hessian, webbing, etc) and Tools are provided.  Top covers will need to be provided by the participant.




The Bucks New University campus is conveniently located close to the train station where one can easily travel to London.  If needed parking on campus can be made available.




Icon member: £350


Non-members: £385


Students: £300




Registration and Payments are made via EventBrite, just follow the following link or visit Eventbrite and search for “French Upholstery Course”





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