Following the themed 2018 and 2019 Research in Progress events, on Sixteenth Century Furniture and The Regional Chair, the 2020 event will also be themed. The papers will report on the latest research and will draw on both furniture history and history of art approaches.

Time of event: 10am - 5pm


  • Martin Bridge (Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory and UCL Institute of Archaeology)
    New developments in timber dating
  • Nick Humphrey (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Dept., Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
    A fifteenth-century desk-cupboard at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Jens Kremb (Independent scholar, Bonn)
    The chest of drawers: a late medieval piece of furniture?
  • Eva Oledzka (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford)
    Colour in ecclesiastical and secular medieval interiors
  • Chris Pickvance (Chairman, RFS)
    A closer look at English clamped chests from 1250-1350: timber, construction and decoration
  • Noah Smith (PhD student in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent)
    The ‘Courtrai chest’ at New College, Oxford: iconography and materiality
  • Rachel Sycamore (MRes student in Medieval Archaeology, Worcester University)
    Early church chests in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The meeting is open to non-members. The booking form is now available on the RFS website: