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News and Notices from the VAG and other groups or organisations.

Regional Furniture Society annual lecture

The Regional Furniture Society’s annual lecture, the Christopher Gilbert Lecture, is being held at the Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London on Saturday 7 November at 2.30pm. Non-members are welcome. The speaker this year is Dr Todd Gray MBE. The subject is ‘Local sensibilities in bench end carving in Devon and the West Country, 1480-1650’.

Todd Gray is Research Fellow at Exeter University; he is currently completing a project funded through the Pilgrim Trust which identifies all of the ancient bench ends in the churches in the six counties of South West England. His lecture explores the use of design, principally Gothic and Renaissance, by English and continental craftsmen amidst the changing religious considerations of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Tickets are £12 for non-members. To book email

October 2015

Call for entries: Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World

Expressions of interest to contribute to the second revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World are now invited.

The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World will be a fully revised, updated and expanded edition of Paul Oliver’s classic 1997 publication. Featuring approximately 3000 entries, the encyclopedia will contain over 30% entirely new material and will be available as a six volume printed work and as an interactive online encyclopedia. The encyclopedia will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2018.

The deadline for submissions of all expressions of interest is 1 October 2015. Please visit for full details.

June 2015