Education and Training

University courses and professional training for the art and antiques industry. 


Pupils spend a day at Sworders to learn about the industry

27 May 2024

On April 25, in conjunction with The Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, Sworders hosted an all-day event at its Stansted Mountfitchet auction room, welcoming 30 students from Birchwood, a state secondary school in nearby Bishop’s Stortford.


Furniture restoration: The hidden workshop aiming to restore confidence

25 March 2024

A challenging middle market and soaring property prices have driven most restorers out of central London but a workshop still remains hidden away in Mayfair


Collector interview: Lecturer's lessons in Islamic and Persian art

06 February 2023

Dr Richard Piran McClary is a senior lecturer in Islamic art and architecture in the history of art department at The University of York.


Fall on a high after jewellery accolades

28 November 2022

Tennants’ jewellery specialist, Jessica Fall, has not only passed her Gemmological Association professional qualifications with flying colours but has also won the Bruton Medal for best candidate of the year, and the Deeks Diamond Prize for the best results in the theory examination.

Julian Radcliffe

Plea for professional body to boost standard of condition reports

21 November 2022

Forensic and scientific expertise recommended when it comes to condition reports and verification of attribution.

ATG letter: Salerooms as schoolrooms

23 May 2022

Woolley & Wallis should be heartily congratulated for launching their internship scheme which will give one lucky candidate the opportunity of gaining invaluable experience and training in a range of subjects at one of our leading auction houses (News, ATG No 2542).

Jack Metcalfe

‘Practical man’ makes Chippendale marquetry discovery

16 May 2022

A specialist in 18th century marquetry believes he has identified the craftsmen responsible for inlaid decoration on some of the finest English furniture.

Woolley & Wallis

Woolley & Wallis internship aims to plug training gap

09 May 2022

Woolley & Wallis has launched an internship scheme to help train the next generation of art and antiques specialists.

Goldsmiths’ Company library

Twin research resources launch online from The Goldsmiths' Company and Cotton regional furniture archive

10 January 2022

New online databases for extensive archive material of two core disciplines in the antiques trade have been launched.

Art Market Mentors

Ex-Christie’s duo appeal for mentees

21 December 2021

Former Christie’s executives Cat Manson and Caroline Sayan’s initiative, Art Market Mentors, is open for mentee applications for 2022.


King’s Clock given a West Dean touch

08 November 2021

Emmanuelle Sibley, a student at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation specialising in clocks and related objects, has been given the opportunity to conserve the Kings’ Clock in advance of the reopening of The Courtauld Gallery on November 19.

Errol Manners

BADA Friends celebrates 30th anniversary with events programme coinciding with BADA Week

25 August 2021

A series of dealer events are scheduled during October to celebrate 30 years of BADA Friends alongside BADA Week.


Christie’s calls for an up-and-coming curator to stage Contemporary show

21 August 2021

Christie's is offering an up-and-coming curator the chance to organise a two-week-long London art exhibition in January.


Q&A: Simon Gillespie

05 July 2021

Described recently in a How To Spend It article in the Financial Times as a “part sleuth, part therapist and part miracle worker… a modern master of illumination”, Simon Gillespie runs a team of seven conservators, restorers and specialists in his studio above New Bond Street in central London.


Q&A: Ceri House

05 July 2021

Ceri House is an artist and restorer and currently works with Nick Shipton and the Brothership Studio team in Hertford.


Q&A: Plowden & Smith

05 July 2021

Conservation and restoration firm Plowden & Smith is now run by managing director Camilla Hughes-Hunt with a team of 13 qualified full-time conservation specialists.


Clean energy: The real-life world of art restoration

05 July 2021

TV programmes have brought restoration and conservation into the public spotlight recently, but what is life really like for those working in the field at a time when training and jobs are under pressure?


College and school of design merger creates South Downs and London supercentre

05 July 2021

West Dean College recently merged with KLC School of Design in London.


Q&A: Lizzie Neville, head of school of conservation at West Dean college

05 July 2021

Lizzie Neville, head of school of conservation at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation, works with 15 full-time members of staff and more than 50 visiting lecturers

ATG letter: Fond memories of antiques MA

31 August 2020

MADAM – Your piece on the UCLAN MA (Antiques) was interesting (News, ATG No 2456). I hadn’t known the course had been suspended, but am very glad it’s been reinstated.