The Spring 2016 edition of Goodenough News invited alumni and friends to name 30 new chairs for the Great Hall.
We are delighted to report that we have now received both the new and refurbished chairs ready for use by the next intake of new members!
The work was being undertaken by the Robert Thompson Craftsmen Ltd, the home of the Mouseman furniture. The company made original furnishings for the College in the 1930s, commissioned directly by Sir Herbert Baker. The tables and chairs have become a much-loved characteristic of the Hall. They have given members a place to eat, to study, to debate, and occasionally a surface to dance on!
Alumni of all ages fondly search out the mice on the tables whenever they visit!
Robert Thompson Craftsmen is still a family run firm, based in the town of Kilburn Yorkshire. Ian Thompson- Cartwright, the current Director and great grandson of the original ‘Mouseman’ has been overseeing the manufacture of the new chairs directly following the original designs.
“All of the new chairs are being hand-crafted using the finest English Oak. Our skilled craftsmen will take on average 16 hours to make each one.’
‘The refurbishment of the existing chairs is similarly a skilled process. The chairs are carefully taken apart, replacement parts hand-crafted and all of the joints re-made using traditional techniques.’
Brass plaques honouring the donors will be added to both the new and refurbished chairs, before they are returned to the College.
There are still opportunities to name the chairs. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate your connection to the College.
For more information please contact the Development and External Relations Office