Society Diary and Events.

The Society has an Events Committee which organises regular seminars, study meetings and visits to ceramic collections at which Society members are able to meet like-minded members in an informal but educational settings. On at least one occasion each year members are invited to bring pieces for appraisal in a Members' Forum.  Occasionally our events are residential, comprising overnight stays in hotels close to venues being visited, which may include museums, stately homes and private collections.

The Society's Annual General Meeting is usually held in October each year, and has taken place at a variety of venues in recent years. On the day of the AGM the Gilbert Bradley Memorial Lecture is given by a knowledgeable individual and covers a particular aspect of Derbyshire ceramics.

The Events Committee would welcome ideas and suggestions from members for subjects for seminars, guest speakers or suitable and interesting locations for visits.

Our Diary for 2019.

23rd February, Afternoon Seminar.

To be held at The Worcestershire Antiques Fair, Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0BN.

The Society has been invited by the organisers of the Worcestershire Antiques Fair to hold an afternoon seminar in a conference room by the fair venue, allowing members and visitors the opportunity to visit the fair in the morning and get a hot lunch before meeting with us in the afternoon.  The fair has a good ceramic presence with a number specialist porcelain dealers exhibiting, many of whom who will be known to our members.  The fair opens at 10am, allowing plenty of time to browse the stalls during the morning.  Members will be sent a complimentary ticket for admission to the fair.


(The images to the right were taken from the cafe gallery looking down on the fair at an earlier event).

13th April, Society Seminar.

To be held at Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre, Osmaston Road, Derby, DE23 8JZ


The programme for the day is as follows:


10.30:  Coffee/tea on arrival


10.50:  Keynote Speaker - Kioron (Des) O'Halloran - Bow becomes Derby. 

This talk will focus on the relationship between the Bow factory to Duesbury's Nottingham Road works and sharing aspects of his research into the identification of items from the period.  He will bring examples for members to handle and discuss.

12.30:  Lunch.  There will be a choice of cheese and ham or cheese and onion quiche with new potatoes and salad.  The dessert will be a choice of home made cakes.  Your choice of quiche must be made on booking and cannot be changed on the day.

13.40:  Speaker - Bev Marvell - Derby reticulated wares. 

A brief insight into Bev's current research.

14.10:  Speaker - Jacqueline Smith - The Blackwood Bequest to the Royal Crown Derby Museum. 

Jacqueline will explain the processing of such a large bequest (in excess of 250 items) and its significance to the museum and other collectors.  She will show examples.

14.45:  'Round Table Forum' - members are invited to bring along one or two Derby pieces for comment.

15.30 Depart.

Booking is now open for this seminar, prices are £22/member or £27/non-member which includes coffee/tea and lunch. 

The deadline for bookings is 29th March.

Visit to a Private Collection.

The Society has been invited to visit a private collection in the Derby area. 


This visit will take place on Saturday 8th June.  Further details will be sent to our members only.

The collection to be viewed includes the Derby shepherdess modelled by Spengler and featured on the cover of our 2017 exhibition catalogue

12th October, Society Seminar.

To be held at Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre, Osmaston Road, Derby, DE23 8JZ

The programme for the day is as follows -


10.30am - Tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival

10.50am - AGM

11.30am - Nicholas Panes - The Gilbert Bradley Memorial Lecture: 18th Century British Sauceboats.  

Nicholas is the author of the book "British Porcelain Sauceboats of the 18th Century", published in 2009.  He will be giving us his updated talk on this fascinating subject.

12.30pm - Lunch

1.45pm - Members' Forum - focus on 18th century wares including Derby sauceboats, bring along a piece of porcelain to show to fellow members, telling what you know about the piece and inviting feedback from other attendees

2.30pm - Stuart Shephard: Modeller + Repairer + Artist + Gilder = Restorer

Stuart will be well known to many as an active member of our Society.  He has been studying porcelain restoration for years and will be passing on to us some of his experiences.


3.30pm - Depart

£20 members, £22 non-members including lunch and refreshments.  Places MUST be booked and pre-paid by 1st October, there is a choice of menu for lunch and the choice must be made at the time of booking.  Contact the Society for further details.






Photographed to the right are two early Derby sauceboats that featured in our 2017 exhibition at the NEC.  The polychrome sauceboat was Exhibit No. 83, the blue and white sauceboat Exhibit No. 24.  See our Exhibition Catalogue for more details. 

28th October, Private Viewing.

Bamfords Fine Art Auctioneers have invited the members of the Society to a private viewing of a sale featuring the collection of one of our members.  With over 100 lots of mostly 18th century Derby it is sure to attract considerable interest.

The viewing is from 5pm at their Derby saleroom and Bamfords are very kindly providing us with some food and drink.  Therefore to assist them with catering we must know the numbers attending by Friday 25th October.  Please let us know by that date if you plan to attend.

© Derby Porcelain International Society 2019.

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