The Year of the Dealer




The project seeks to disseminate the rich seam of research on the history of the antique trade through a series of public engagement events, activities and public museum heritage trails.

The collaborating partners are:

  • The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • The National Museum, Edinburgh
  • The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
  • Temple Newsam, Leeds
  • The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool
  • The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
  • Preston Park Museum, Stockton.

We also have as cultural partners, The Witham Community Arts Centre, Barnard Castle, and The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds; together with one of the world’s leading antique dealers, H. Blairman & Sons, London.

The project aims to draw attention to the relationships between the art market and public museums and to share expertise, experience and perspectives among stakeholders. It aims to increase public engagement with the significance of the history of the antique trade in British cultural life.

Project website