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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Sue Newton-Short


Research Outcomes


Outcome 1 - The Frederick Parker Chair Catalogue
This work is the first stage of the process of disseminating information on the whole of the Frederick Parker Collection to the research community and the wider public.
The Frederick Parker Furniture Collection consists of a collection of chairs, a collection of carvings and the Frederick Parker Company archive.
The collection is on permanent loan to London Metropolitan University. The chairs are on public display in a purpose-built gallery and the carvings and archive are in secure storage.
Very little has been written about the chairs, thus complete catalogues of both the chairs and the carvings and an inventory of the company archive are required in the first instance. This is a catalogue of the chair collection, which includes all currently known data about each chair, an image and a description.

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Outcome 2 - Sustainability in Conservation
Issues around global warming and sustainability have gained increasing significance in recent decades and are now relevant to all aspects of our lives, at home and at work.
At a time when the heritage industries have gained public recognition, this paper, presented at The David Harris Conservation Conference, 2006, discusses how and why these sustainability issues are so important to the conservation profession and suggests ways to enable practicing conservators to place environmental and social sustainability at the core of practices and professional responsibilities.
In the wider context of the conservation profession the identification and use of materials is a significant sustainability issue. The acquisition of the Hedley-Miller xylarium, which compliments and extends our existing xylarium, is particularly useful in this regard.

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Outcome 3 - The Frederick Parker Chair Collection
The Frederick Parker Furniture Company archive, together with the collection of chairs and the collection of carvings that Frederick Parker himself purchased to inspire his designers and furniture makers, are on permanent loan to London Metropolitan University. The chairs are on public display in a purpose-built gallery and the carvings and archive are in secure storage. Information about this collection needs to be in the public domain, available to the research community and the wider public.
This paper, presented at The David Harris Conservation Conference, 2007, details the importance and scope of the collections and archive.
It is one of a number of parallel initiatives to raise the profile of the collection and is a sequel to a presentation given in November 2006 for the 20th Century Furniture Research Group Conference. This described the methodological process of cataloguing collections of furniture, and in particular chairs. It included a review of traditional published sources and compared them to our current work on an on-line catalogue.

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