Friday, 15 January 2010
One of the antique world’s best loved figures is to give a lecture on archaeology at the University of Worcester.
Henry Sandon MBE is a notable authority on Royal Worcester porcelain and has been a regular expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow for more than 30 years.
In November he received an Honorary Masters degree from the University and is now returning to give an inspiring lecture titled Lying Among the Pots: Worcester Ceramics Above and Below Ground.
The lecture, on Wednesday, February 10 will be open to members of the public, as well as University staff and students and will explore some of the many finds uncovered by Mr Sandon during his lengthy career, some of which he will bring along to show guests.
Dr Jodie Lewis, Head of Archaeology at the University, said: “We are delighted that Henry has agreed to come and give a lecture at the University. He is one of the country’s leading experts in porcelain and it will be an honour to hear him share some of his vast experience and knowledge.”
Mr Sandon developed a fascination with porcelain and ceramics through his wife Barbara and was appointed curator of the Dyson Perrins Museum in Severn Street, Worcester in 1966.
During his time there he directed a series of excavations on the original Worcester Porcelain factory site, which uncovered a vast amount of new information on the history of the factory, founded by Dr John Wall, who was also one of the founders of the Worcester Royal Infirmary, where the University is currently developing a second campus.
Mr Sandon has written many books on the subject of Worcester and other porcelains, many of which are now regarded as “bibles”, and he lectures frequently on the subject.
He is president and patron of a large number of charities and organisations and is a Freeman of the City of London. Last year Mr Sandon was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Broadcasting, the Ceramics Industry and to Charity.
The lecture will start at 4pm. Only a limited number of spaces are available. To reserve a place please call 01905 542294. Guests will be invited on the night to make a recommended £5 voluntary donation to the University’s endowment fund.