Latest News Articles by Joan Porter

Moses Otunia, organiser of the Modern Movement Fair

Lido fair going swimmingly at ‘Brixton Beach’

27 April 2016

Moses Otunia, who owns the vintage furniture shop Bleu in Herne Hill, launched the Modern Movement Fair at the nearby Brockwell Lido, in Brockwell Park, south London, in 2008.

 Saunders Fine Art painting at Midcentury Modern fair

New fair launched at The Oval cricket ground

26 April 2016

The Oval, the international cricket ground at Kennington, south London, which is home to Surrey County Cricket Club, is the location of a new annual fair run by the founders of the Midcentury Modern shows.

Robert Opie at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Advertising on the move: Robert Opie’s Museum of Brands heads to new site in London

19 April 2016

Just before Easter, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill wrapped up 14,000 pieces of design dating from the Victorian era to the present day.

Newbury moves from course to showground

08 December 2015

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) have announced a change of venue and format for their Newbury event.

Chance offer gives Gloucester dealers new town-centre home

16 November 2015

A lifeline has been thrown to the 60 dealers at the Gloucester Antiques Centre on Gloucester Quays which closed earlier this month with six weeks’ notice given to quit.

Gloucester Antiques Centre dealers move to city centre after landlord gives notice to quit

10 November 2015

The Gloucester Antiques Centre has been saved by a local property developer after the 90 dealers at the centre were given six-weeks notice by their landlords the Peel Group to quit the three-storey premises on Gloucester Quays.


Book dealer Tom Donovan sets up his battle lines

28 July 2015

The Battle of Waterloo bicentenary has sparked a number of special auctions and dealer shows.


Newly launched all-week vintage market is packed out with 160 traders

20 February 2015

If you get your skates on and head to the Kent coast you will find things are on the move for antiques collectors.


Meet the 10-year-old antiques dealer

05 September 2014

Logistics and costs are not necessarily high on Ridley Partridge’s agenda, but his dad certainly knows all about them.


Swinderby organisers test a longer format

27 June 2014

Popular demand has prompted IACF to trial a two-day part-weekend antiques and collectors’ fair next month at the RAF Swinderby site.

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Antiques, music... and even Miss Moneypenny

13 June 2014

The name’s Bond... Samantha Bond in fact, the actress famous from the James Bond films and countless other dramas such as ‘Downton Abbey’, who is special guest at a festival of music and antiques in London next weekend.

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Collecting couple to sell 50 pieces of Welsh pottery at Pembrokeshire Antiques Fair

30 May 2014

Coming to the Pembrokeshire Antiques Fair organised by Towy Fairs at Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest next weekend (June 7-8) are some 50 pieces of richly-glazed Ewenny pottery.

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Petworth centre picked up by new owners

28 May 2014

After a period of some 40 years in single ownership, Petworth Antique Centre in the antiques-rich town of Petworth in West Sussex has been bought by an investment company, Palladian Property Investment Limited, based in London.

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Toy collector who turned to dealing after a career in financial services

23 May 2014

It all started when Phil Sylvester was a lad, as serious collecting often does.

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RAF base is now a thriving antiques centre

16 May 2014

At the opening ceremony earlier this month of the Guardroom at Hemswell Antiques Centres, the former home of RAF Hemswell, the ribbon was cut by 83-year-old Bill Collard.

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Dealers head across the Channel to sample French attractions

07 March 2014

A small contingent of dealers from the UK are currently travelling to Paris for the launch of Cipolat SA’s new biannual antiques fair.

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The dealer who took the plunge by calling a Holt to finance

28 February 2014

People who change their lives by entering the trade often share something in common – they show what can be done with a passion for antiques plus drive, determination and chutzpah.

Parking charges lead to suspension of Park Lane fair

17 October 2011

CHANGES in parking regulations in the West End of London have forced Jenny Glanville of KM Fairs to shelve her monthly antiques fair at the Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly – the fixture started by her mother Kate Marlowe 35 years ago.

Stay of execution for Swinderby fairs

03 May 2011

ANTIQUES fairs will be able to continue at Swinderby for some time, despite the site’s prospective development as a gravel pit.


Prince Charles, antiques and the Ideal Home…

11 April 2011

PRINCE Charles's interest in all things green has been boosting the antiques industry at the Ideal Home Show.