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The Chair – 2000 Years of Sitting Down! Mr Marc Allum Tuesday 03 March 2020

Marc Allum takes a fascinating look at the chair and investigates how an object tasked with such a humble purpose has been reinvented, from the humble forest-turner’s chair to the plastic products of the Pop Age. This fascinating exploration of the psychology, form, function and materials involved in the history of the chair, is sure to have you glued to your seat!

Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster He is shortly to begin his 23rd year as a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes. Marc regularly writes for mainstream magazines and is an author, antiques consultant and lecturer. He also runs a fine art valuation and consultancy service. Marc has his own unique style with interests ranging from pre-history to modern design and is a self-confessed collectaholic. He has a passion and reputation for divining the unusual through ‘a desire to connect with history through the interpretation and pursuit of objects and their origins’. Marc has lectured widely for many years to a number of different organisations in both the public and charity sector, including travel companies, The National Trust, The WI and many literary festivals including Cheltenham, Bath, Wells and Petworth.