NATIONAL ANTIQUES WEEK 23 -30 NOVEMBER 2009 Antiquesnews has teamed up with other antiques press and dealer associations to launch and coordinate the first ever NATIONAL ANTIQUES WEEK with the topical theme of ANTIQUES ARE GREEN.
Natasha Goodfellow deputy editor said “Too many of our high streets are becoming identikit streets with
endless bland chain stores. Antiques shops provide a welcome injection of character and difference and of
course, the items they sell are truly 'green'. Far better to reuse than to recycle”
Antiques.co.uk will be supporting National Antiques Week and encouraging the trade to take part in this
exciting event. Editor Iain Brunt recently joined forces with antiques expert Henry Sandon to write a letter to the Sunday Times following concern in the trade about escalating numbers of closures of independent antique shops.
They wrote: “In 2007 the UK's antiques and art industry generated revenue of £4 billion. Global revenue from
the art and antiques market was £40 billion in 2007, the UK's contribution therefore represented 10 per cent of
the global market share. In 2008, however, there was a significant fall to £2.75 billion. While other sectors are
receiving help from the Government, the antiques industry — which is partly reliant on the housing market —
does not. Even the recent VAT reduction does not help us. The antiques industry creates jobs in tourism,
shipping, transport and conservation. At a local level, antique shops provide an important draw to country
towns, helping other local shops and businesses. Every closure leaves a gap in provincial streetscapes. On an
ecological level, the antiques industry encourages the re-use of old and beautiful things, reducing landfill and
The letter and subsequent petition on has galvanized the antiques trade and so far more than 700 readers, trade and public from around the world have responded…..
Harvey Ferry The Country Seat 17/06/09 “The overall Art business has made and can continue to make a huge
contribution to the UK economy. It also helps enrich our society and could not be more environmentally
Sarah Percy-Davis LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers 19/05/09 “Congratulations on this
impressive initiative. Business rates are crippling for many of our members and contributing to shop closures
and the cloning of the high street. We give this campaign our full support”
David Mitchell 13/07/09 “Antiques are part of our past but also our future. We need to know our past to continue
into the future”
NATIONAL ANTIQUES WEEK is the perfect platform to promote and preserve this fascinating and historic trade for future generations. If Britain is a nation of
shopkeepers, National Antiques Week is the time they have found a voice.
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Editor: Gail McLeod