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Study Days 2015 Archive

Details about the study days and procedure follow the quick reference
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Wednesday 18 March 2015                        Love, Power and Scandal -                                   
                                                                      A Royal Jewel for every Occasion
                                                                      Lecturer: Miss Susan Rumfitt

Wednesday 10 June 2015                     A Tapestry of Mediterranean Culture                           
                                                                             Lecturer: Mrs Sue Jenkins
Thursday 5 November 2015                                       Art Deco:                                            (booking Thursday 17 September)
                                                              High Style in the Roaring Twenties             
Lecturer: Dr Anne Anderson BA, PhD, FSA


Details of the Study Days in 2015


Wednesday 18 March 2015                             LOVE, POWER AND SCANDAL -                     Lecturer: Miss Susan Rumfitt
                                                                 A ROYAL JEWEL FOR EVERY OCCASION         


     Henry VIII

               The Duchess of Windsor

From Henry VIII to the Duchess of Cambridge this Study Day will focus on a variety of Royal jewels which have caused gasps of shock or amazement over the last 500 years. 

Susan Rumfitt will take us on a journey from the powerful jewels of Henry VIII, the scandalous jewels surrounding Charles II, George IV and of course the Duchess of Windsor, to the romantic stories behind the jewels belonging to Victoria.

Susan Rumfitt is an independent jewellery advisor, auction consultant and lecturer.  She studied for a postgraduate degree at Glasgow University.  She was an international jewellery specialist at Philips Auctioneers from 1996 and then Head of Department from 1999-2002. 

She has lectured extensively for ladies luncheon clubs, antiques and collectors groups and is a specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

                         George IV

                       Queen Victoria

Wednesday 10 June 2015                A TAPESTRY OF MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE                Lecturer: Mrs Sue Jenkins



This Study Day precedes the HEDFAS visit to Sicily.Successive waves of invaders have shaped this island's architecture, culture and cuisine.  Our Study Day will consider the legacy of each new conqueror;  the temples built by the Greeks, the villas left by the Romans, the Christian churches with their mosaic interiors built by the Norman invaders and the elegant towns of the 17th century, which demonstrate the particularly Sicilian interpretation of the Baroque style.

Sue Jenkins joined Sotheby’s Institute in 1984 as a full-time tutor teaching courses on the Fine and Decorative Arts as part of the Sotheby’s Institute Undergraduate programme. Initially she lectured on  Architecture, Sculpture, Painting and the Decorative Arts from Antiquity to the present day as well as organising Sotheby's study programmes on the Italian Renaissance in Florence, Milan and Chicago.

Sue then developed a lecture series on Academies and the Avant-garde - Painting 1840-1920 which researched the history of taste and collecting. Sue has a particular interest in 19th Century Swedish painting so organised and taught Study Weeks for Sotheby's clients and alumni in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo.

After retiring from Sotheby's Sue joined Christie's for one year and continues to teach for them on a regular basis. For the past 8 years she has taught part-time at the City and Guilds of London Art School as well as giving slide lectures and gallery talks to various organisations locally and in London.


Thursday 5 November 2015                                  ART DECO:                         Lecturer: Dr Anne Anderson BA, PhD, FSA
                                                          HIGH STYLE IN THE ROARING TWENTIES          
(booking Thursday 17 September)


This Study Day will trace the development of Art Deco and the impact of Modernism in the 1920's and 1930's through dress, architecture, interiors, furniture, glass, ceramics and metalwork.

Members are encouraged to bring along anything they consider to be Art Deco dating from the 1920's and 1930's. 

We are delighted to welcome Dr Anne Anderson back to HEDFAS today.  Anne graduated in Art History and Archaeology from Leicester University in 1978 and worked as an archaeologist for 8 years, being elected to the Society of Antiquaries in 1997. From 1993-2007 she was senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree courses at Southampton Solent University, specialising in the Aesthetic Movement, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism.

She is currently Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University; a Fletcher Jones Fellow of the Huntington Library, CA; a fellow of the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum and Library; Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation Fellow (2007 and 2010) and consultant for Lord Frederic Leighton's Studio-House, Kensington.

Her 2008 exhibition Ancient Landscapes, Pastoral Visions Samuel Palmer to the Ruralists attracted some 47,000 visitors. She has published books on Roman pottery, Art Deco teapots and Edward Burne-Jones. A NADFAS lecturer since 1993, Anne toured Australia in 2000, 2006, 2009 and has lectured on cruises. Her television credits include BBC's Flog It!


 Study Day Procedure 

          Una Murray-Wood
        0118 979 0781

Study Days are organised by Una Murray-Wood with meticulous care and planning. We are sure that you will find them stimulating, interesting and thoroughly entertaining.

There are a wide range of subjects and these often tie in with either a Day Visit or Holiday.

The days are usually held at Phyllis Court from 10:30 to 15:30. Coffee or tea is served on arrival and there is a sandwich lunch included in the cost. Drinks may be purchased at the bar.

We would be delighted to hear your views and comments on any aspect of these so do email us on


Una at a Directory Day
1. Bookings are taken prior to the morning and afternoon lectures in the Ballroom at Phyllis Court two or three months before the
    event. Please see the dates above for booking. In addition the booking date is printed in the annual calendar given to all HEDFAS members on renewal of their subscriptions in October.
2. Bookings are only taken for the Study Day advertised that day and future Days may only be booked on the
    appointed booking date.
3. Please note that a booking is only accepted on receipt of payment. 
4. There is car parking within the grounds of Phyllis Court.  
5. If you wish to get in touch on the day, please telephone Phyllis Court Club Reception on 01491 570500 and ask to speak to Una. 
6. Cancellation: payment will only be refunded if the place is taken by a HEDFAS member on the waiting list. Please note
    that places may not be taken by non-HEDFAS members except by prior agreement with Una. 
7. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us either by email or telephone if you have any queries.  We are always happy
    to help.