The Frederick Parker Collection is a unique and outstanding educational resource spanning over 300 years of British furniture making and design, from 1660 to the present day. The Collection comprises over 200 chairs, together with an archive of related historical documents and artefacts and became part of the Furniture Makers’ Company in 2013.
We are delighted that we have two exceptional speakers for the Annual Lectures this year:
Verity Elson – ‘Sir Gordon Russell – A Champion of Design’
Verity has been a Curator and Director of the Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway since 2017, following ten years at Compton Verney Art Gallery. Her curatorial experience encompasses both historic and contemporary art and design with a particular interest in developing contemporary responses to historic sites and collections.
She will explore the life and work of one of the most important names in British design, Sir Gordon Russell (1892-1980) who, besides establishing a company with an international reputation, was a great influence in industry and education through his involvement with the Utility Furniture Scheme, the Festival of Britain and as Director of the Council of Industrial Design (The Design Council).
Stewart Linford – ‘The Remarkable Story of Our National Chair – The Windsor’
Stewart has had a passion for furniture since his early days at Wycombe College. He set up his own workshop in 1976 and gained a reputation for luxury pieces and particularly for Windsor chairs commemorating great British worthies, sometimes using particularly appropriate timber, at his beautifully restored traditional premises in High Wycombe.
Stewart received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2003. He has been a liveryman of the Furniture Makers’ Company since 1993 and has been awarded both a Craft and Company Guild Mark. Besides being a venerable designer-maker he has also become a story-telling public speaker, particularly in the guise of his hero Winston Churchill.
The lectures will be followed by a sparkling wine reception. We hope you will also wish to stay for the annual dinner (see booking form), which is always a popular and enjoyable occasion and an excellent opportunity to meet other supporters of the Frederick Parker Collection. Places are limited so please reply as soon as possible using the attached application form. All proceeds from the evening will go to support the Collection and its development as an educational resource for aspiring furniture designers.
Further information about the Frederick Parker Collection can be seen here. New supporters are always welcome – please contact email@example.com if you would like to become a Friend of the Collection.