Rochdale Antiques Society

Previous seasons meetings 2017-18

Wednesday 13 September 2017 at 7.30 pm

The Rise and Fall of the Manchester Glass Industry

David Willars

During the middle years of the 19th century Manchester was the home of the very best quality decorative glass. Our expert speaker David Willars, a member of the Glass Association, will guide us through Manchester’s rise and fall as a producer of glass items.


Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 7.30pm

Old Hall Stainless Steel Tableware – part 2

Nigel Wiggin

Making a return visit to Rochdale Antiques Society Nigel will continue his fascinating talk on Old Hall Stainless Steel Tableware.  Often given as the wedding present of choice in the 1960’s and 1970’s the tableware was renowned for its quality.  Now much sought after by collectors this should be an illuminating talk.

Nigel is a member of the family that created Old Hall Stainless Steel tableware.  Nigel will be bringing along a range of items to the meeting including a 1928 toast rack said to be the first stainless steel toast rack.  Also on display will be the world's first stainless steel teapot made in 1930.


Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 7.30 pm

Little Dark Exciting Words – Printing of Books throughout the ages

Richard Knowles

Richard is an antique book dealer with a vast experience of books of all kinds.  Join us as he takes us through the development of book printing through the ages.


Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 7.30pm

All that Glitters – English and Continental Furniture

Janus Slowikowski

Furniture collector, researcher and professional lecturer Janus guides us through examples of English and Continental furniture, explaining how the use of elaborate ornamentation and gilding provided a dazzling spectacle,  and was used as a symbolic expression of power. 


Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 7.30pm

‘The life and times of Clarice Cliff’ – Jean Broadbent

The abstract, geometric and colourful art deco ceramics of Clarice Cliff are instantly recognisable.  In her life Clarice was one of the most prolific producers and designers of ceramic wares; yet she was also a shrewd business woman.

Born into a family of 7 children, and living in a 2 up 2 down terrace house, Clarice became a pottery apprentice at an early age. In her career she rose to the position of art director.  Clarice combined artistic vision with technical expertise;producing shapes such as stamford and eton, and designs such as stamfor, eton and crocus. 

Jean Broadbent has been interested in and fascinated by the life of Clarice Cliff for over 30 years.  In her illustrated presentation Jean will share her love and knowledge of Clarice’s life and times.


Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 7.30pm

Edwardian Jewellery

Susan Rumfitt

Laurel wreaths, ribbons, bows and the use of new techniques in platinum signalled a new age of elegant and understated jewellery design.  Susan is a jewellery expert who appears on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.  In this lecture, she will be talking about Edwardian jewellery.  Susan has visited Rochdale Antiques Society many times, and has proved to be an expert speaker.


Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 7.30pm

Mystery Box Part 2

Malcolm and Leo Leader

An interactive and fun evening.  Malcom and Leo will demonstrate a range of unusual and intriguing antique items for your close inspection.  Will you know what the purpose of these mystery items?


Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 7.30pm

London Livery Companies

Dr David Allen

Expert speaker Dr David Allen will be making a return visit.  In this lecture David will take us on a journey telling us about the development, importance and influence of the London Livery Companies.


Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 7.30pm

‘Restoration of Hare Hill House, Littleborough’

Nick Andrews


Contact Information

Rochdale Antiques Society

St Vincent's Community Centre
Caldershaw Road
Edenfield Road
OL12 7QL

Tel: 01706 844026

Meeting times

Meetings are held from September to May at 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month.

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