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Report on Undressing Antiques and Cracking Glass Mark Hill Saturday 14 March 2020

It was with a certain amount of trepidation that the committee met up at The Community Hall on 14th March.  Having been instructed to stay away from large gatherings we wondered how many of those who had reserved places would actually come. We had received a few apologies.....but how many would turn up?

The Hall was prepared..... chairs spaced rather further away from each other than usual....then wiped down with disinfectant wipes.  The tables for lunch were set up.....cleansed and covered with cloths.  Notices were put up advising people to clean their hands.  And then the wait.....would they come?...of course they would....and they did.

Our lecturer Mark Hill gave two lectures in the morning. In ‘Undressing Antiques’ he explained that collecting antiques was something we could all do and that it was not an interest exclusively for those with an enormous bank balance.  He showed examples of items which were very collectible, not expensive and most importantly pleasing to the eye.

After coffee and biscuits we had the second lecture, ‘Cracking Glass’, which explored the different glassmakers, their styles, their technique, and the value of their work in today’s market.

Both lectures were excellently illustrated and delivered in a very easy and entertaining manner.  Definitely an Arts Society rating of Outstanding .....times two!

After an excellent lunch, brought to us by Edibles of Banstead, served by committee members, resplendent in aprons and protective gloves, and wine provided by The Society, we settled down to listen to Mark’s views on the interesting variety of ‘treasures’ brought by members. His knowledge of the various items, their provenance, use and histories kept us all enthralled.  Indeed there was not time for him to scrutinise all the items but he very kindly agreed to talk to people individually when the session ended.  It certainly was an excellent day.

Thanks must go not only to Mark for such an outstanding day but also to Alice Baines, who had so carefully organised the day and thought of many measures to make it safe - and then was unable to attend as she herself was unwell!


Lecturer Mark Hill:

Following a degree in the History of Art and Architecture (BA Hons) Mark worked at Bonhams and Sotheby’s where he became a specialist in the Collectors department. He has travelled and lectured widely, is a co author of the biennial international “Miller’s Collectable Price Guide”, a publisher, a columnist for The Daily Mail and Homes & Antiques magazine. He is more widely known to the general public as an expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007 and other television programmes featuring antiques. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and is also a Freeman of the City of London.