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25 February 2020The Anatomy of Collecting:

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The Anatomy of Collecting: Marc Allum Tuesday 25 February 2020

Great collectors and their collections, fakes & forgeries plus personal appraisals of members’ own objects with 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: Boringdon Park Golf Club, 55 Plymbridge Road, Plymouth, PL7 4QG.
Timings: 10.00 for 10.30 start (Close 3.00pm)
Cost: £35, including morning coffee and finger buffet lunch.
For a booking form please contact:
Jim Stevens – jst74@hotmail.co.uk or 01752-930339. Otherwise please 
go to our website - the booking form can be found under ' Our Society and then click on Documents'.