Topics: Items Through the Ages


5: On Cupboards and In Drawers: When is Cupboard Not a Cupboard?

An explanation of the development of cupboards and chests of drawers in terms of their use, social significance, and their construction and decoration from mediaeval times to the 18th Century.

26: And So To Bed… (Pepys, 20 April 1660)

The significance and use of  beds from the medieval period through to the 18th century both in terms of their association with the highest level of society and an explanation of why Shakespeare left hiw wife Anne “ second best bed”!  as expressed through the great “State Beds” and also the history of their construction,

27: Are You Sitting Comfortably?

The lecture traces the development of the chair in terms of its construction and style from ancient times through to the 19th century and will hopefully surprise attendees with just how much there is to reveal about such a common item of furniture.



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