Upcoming Events

Instagram Stories: Collection Series with Alice Minter

Join us this Friday for another Stories take over with Alice Minter.

Alice is currently curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, on loan to the Victoria & Albert Musuem in London.  Prior to that, she worked for ten years at Sotheby’s in London as a specialist in Silver, Objects of Virtue and Ceramics.

Her recent and notable research (before being furloughed) had focused on Jewish collectors and their contribution to the foundation years of the V&A, about which she gave a lecture (Sept. 2019) and published a diary in The Apollo Magazine (June 2020)

We look forward to an insight into your time at home this Friday Alice!

You click here to see her Stories on the SHC Instagram account on Friday and can follow her here.  Follow us on Instagram (@sochistoryofcollecting) for more collecting content!

If you’d like to share your own research story, then get in touch via direct message on our Instagram account, or send an email to secretary@societyhistorycollecting.org.

Violated National Heritage: Theft, Trafficking and Restitution

New Date Announcement: 24 March 2021
Victoria and Albert Museum
Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL


Attendees who paid for the 2020 event will be refunded, and ticket registration will open in early 2021.  If you registered for the 2020 date, you will need to register again for the 2021 date.  

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The Society for the History of Collecting is grateful to the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and the Gilbert Trust for the Arts for their support in making this event possible.


Tricks of the Trade: Duveen Brothers and the Market for the Decorative Arts, 1880–1940

Postponed until further notice
The Getty Center

Please note this event and all other talks at the Getty have been postponed, or cancelled, until further notice.

Visit to Stourhead

Postponed to September
This event will be confirmed once the house and curators give a specific date.

We have organised a Society tour to Stourhead in Wiltshire to view the house and tour the gardens. In the morning we will tour the house with Stourhead expert Dudley Dodd, author of past Stourhead guidebooks as well as a book on the Peretti Cabinet that was bought by Henry Hoare II in 1740 whilst on Grand Tour in Rome. After lunch we will tour the 18th-century English Landscape garden by Society member John Harrison.

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Final details of the event and tickets will be available through Eventbrite.

AGM and Annual Lecture 2020

21 September, 2020

Please save the date for this year’s AGM and Annual Lecture.
Details for the event will be posted once confirmed.

Call for Session Proposals CAA 2021

CAA Conference 2021: 10-13 February, 2021

The Society for the History of Collecting, as an affiliated member of the College Art Association (CAA) invites colleagues to propose a topic for the Society’s session at the 2021 conference to be held in New York City, February 10-13. This session will focus on all aspects of the history of collecting, collectors and collections. As the CAA is the annual general meeting for artists, art historians and curators with a very diverse range of interests, the Society seeks topics with a thematic approach that invite discussion on new approaches to the history of collecting.

Proposals for the topics in c.300 words together with a c.v. should be sent to the Society by 18 April to sochistcoll@gmail.com, after which they will be reviewed by the Society’s committee. Once selected, the topic will form the basis of a call for papers will be circulated generally within the guidelines and deadlines of the CAA.

The Society will also hold a one-hour business session, which will be offered as a workshop.

Convenors should be members of the Society. All convenors and speakers will have to join the CAA and pay their own travel expenses, although eligible members can apply to the CAA for bursaries to attend.

For further information about the CAA please go to www.collegeart.org

Proposals should be addressed to: the Secretary, Society for the History of Collecting at: sochistcoll@gmail.com


If you have any questions, please contact: info@societyhistorycollecting.org