Above - designs by Thomas Chippendale (1718 - 1779)

Below - carving by Grinling Gibbons (1648 - 1721) at Hampton Court Palace.





The Linton Antique Society was founded in 1973 with the aim of holding regular meetings where members could discuss aspects of the arts and crafts, and to promote fellowship with like-minded societies. Today,the Society still pursues broadly similar aims by organising annual seasons of talks and discussions on all aspects of the applied and fine arts – ranging across pictures, fabrics, ceramics, furniture, interior design, architecture, lighting, carpets, clocks or, indeed, anything that we encounter in our domestic or public environments – and their relationship with social history.  If there is a strong relevant local Yorkshire connection, all the better!

We regularly attract distinguished expert speakers who provide knowledgeable and entertaining insights into their subject so that, whether you already know a lot about a topic or never imagined you could have an interest in it, you’ll discover something new.

Our meetings run from October to April and are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Memorial Hall at Linton, Wetherby. There is an adjacent car park. Meetings start at 7.30 or 8.00pm – please check the programme for times.

This season, we welcome back many of our favourite speakers as well as a few new ones. A special guest is Sister Agatha Leach whose best-selling biography has been written in partnership with one of the Society's members, Richard Newman. We are celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of Otley-born Thomas Chippendale with a talk by renowned Chippendale expert and Linton resident James Lomax who has co-curated the important Leeds Museum exhibition, opening in February. Chippendale is also central to our visit to Burton Constable on 18 May 2018.

Meetings are open to non-members at a cost of £7.00.  Naturally, we hope that once you’ve experienced one or two meetings, you’ll want to become a member.

In addition we also organise a number of popular events – this season, outings in September and May – at modest cost.

On this website you’ll find details of current and past programmes, background information about many subjects, and how to become a member.  We hope that you will enjoy our programme of events.

The Society and its programme is organised by a committee, elected by members at the Annual General Meeting held each April.  The members of the committee for 2017-18 are:
Mrs Mary Barnett (Chairman)
Mr Robert Haskins(Treasurer)
Mrs Judy Cooper(Secretary)
Mrs Barbara Hepburn (Membership Secretary)
Mr Michael Harvey (Web & Publicity)
Mrs Anne Hoyle
Mrs Pamela Kirby (Social Secretary)
Mrs Jennie Westerman

You can contact members of the committee through our CONTACT page.