Chair's Message


It is a great honour for me to take on the role of chair of the Decorative Arts Society. I have had a long association with the society both as a member and a trustee. I look forward to steering the society’s work over the next few years. In 2025-26, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary.

I encourage those of you who are not members to join the society. You will receive our annual journal that showcases the latest research into the decorative arts. The society organises a broad range of events for members. These are featured in our newsletter which is published three times a year and includes book reviews of the latest publications and a listing of current exhibitions.

The society gives out grants. In these challenging financial times for decorative arts curators and museums, we support their work through providing funds for acquisitions, publications and new displays. By joining the society, you will be supporting these activities.

Alexander Werner

December 2023