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.
Saturday 4th April 2020.
Our Spring seminar will be held at the Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre where the day will include:
A talk on Rockingham porcelain given by Malcolm and Leo Leader. There is some common ground between the two factories of Rockingham and Derby, both in patterns and shapes and with a number of workmen who worked at both factories. We feel sure that many members will draw comparisons with pieces in their own collections.
David Gold will give a presentation on his ancestor Annie Bailey who worked at the King Street factory during the early 1900's. Members may have pieces decorated by Annie Bailey they may wish to bring along to share with us.
A presentation by Olivia Dean which will focus on the Robin Blackwood bequest to Royal Crown Derby Museum. Robin bequeathed his large collection of white King Street pieces to the museum after his death and it is currently in store where it is being catalogued and prepared for photographing. Olivia will have a few of the more interesting pieces out on display.
There will be a member's forum of pieces either recently acquired or decorated by Annie Bailey which members can share and discuss.
As usual the day will include refreshments and a hot lunch. Details of time and cost to follow.
It is expected that a visit will be arranged during the summer. Date and details to follow.
During October the Society will be holding its Autumn Seminar. This will include:
The Gilbert Bradley Memorial Lecture to be given by Ian Harding. Ian will focus on his research reconstructing the Derby Crown vase list.
Stuart Shepherd will head a workshop looking at recognising restoration. Members attending will have an opportunity to try to detect restoration - is it restored or isn't it?
The Society AGM will be held during the day.
There will be a member's forum giving those members attending the opportunity to share some fresh items added to their collections.