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The Anatomy of Collecting: Marc Allum Thursday 17 October 2019

The Arts Society South West
Thursday 17th October 2019
Best Western Tiverton Hotel
The Anatomy of Collecting:
Great collectors and their collections, fakes & forgeries plus
personal appraisals of members’ own objects
Marc Allum, Antiques Roadshow Specialist

Session 1: The Anatomy of Collecting – The History of Collecting
and Great Collectors Through History
An intriguing journey through the history of the ‘cabinet of curiosity’ and the origins of our
modern museums. Based on decades of personal experience - as both a collector and auctioneer
- Marc’s talk will explore some of the great collectors from history, including John Tradescant,
whose collection founded the Ashmolean in Oxford, together with a fascinating insight into the
alchemy, myth and folklore which inspired their curiosity.
Session 2: Fakes and Forgeries
Marc’s personal interests extend into many areas and his reputation for divining the unusual is
well known. His passion for collecting ‘fakes’ forms a wonderful insight into the history of
forgeries and reproductions and encompasses examples from many famous cases, including
paintings, antiquities and silver, whilst also exploring the all-important subject of provenance.
Session 3: Bring an Object Talk
A captivating and spontaneous talk based on objects brought in by the audience, which in true
Antiques Roadshow style, will test Marc’s ‘miscellaneous’ skills in translating all manner of
artefacts into an entertaining and informative journey through history. From ceramics to silver,
ethnographic items to militaria, Marc will bring the objects to life with a mixture of anecdotes,
humour and solid facts.
Venue: Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Blundells Road, Tiverton EX16 4DB
Timings: 10.00 for 10.30 start (Close 3.30pm)
Cost: £39, including coffee on arrival and two course buffet lunch
For a booking form please contact:
Sarah Merchant – or 01398 341973 or look on our website in Documents under Our Society.