Visit palaces, museums and private collections from the comfort of your armchair with BADA Friends online events

BADA Friends, part of the British Association of Antique Dealers, has hosted virtual events this year until face-to-face meetings can take place later this year.

The group, formed in 1991 to work with members of the public to support the work of BADA’s Cultural and Educational Fund, announced a new run for spring.

Focused on promoting learning and expertise in the fine arts and antiques trade, events take the form of lectures and tours.

In March, a Zoom video conference on Apethorpe Palace titled “A House Back From The Brink” takes place on March 11. Participation costs £ 15. The Jacobin mansion was almost abandoned and was bought by Baron von Pfetten (Jean Christophe Iseux) in 2014, renamed Apethorpe Palace, renovated and partly open to the public.


The old curiosity shop

The Old Curiosity Shop by Myles Birket Foster.

On March 17th, a Zoom video conference covers ‘The Antiquaire in Fact & Fiction’ which also costs £ 15. The light talk, moderated by Mark Westgarth, Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Leeds University, will cover examples from Dickens to Lovejoy.

David Parr House Drawing Room Copyright Howard Rice Print.jpg

David Parr House in Cambridge. Image credit: David Parr House by Howard Rice.

For those in need of an Arts & Crafts solution, a virtual tour on Zoom will examine the David Parr house in Cambridge. The house was once owned by painter and decorator David Parr, who worked for Cambridge FR decorative arts company Leach & Sons. He painted and decorated his own tiny house in the Arts & Crafts style he created for wealthy clients in his day job.

The small terraced house is now a charitable trust. Tickets for March 24 are £ 18. Participants also have 48-hour access to the David Parr House platform after the tour to have more time to explore.

For a touch of pure luxury, try a talk on Madame de Pompadour and Sèvres porcelain which takes place on April 7 and is priced at £ 15.

Details on how to register are on the BADA Friends Site.


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