july, 2024

tue16jul2:00 pm3:00 pmGlenister’s: From Bar Stool to Coronation Stools TalkChair Festival Talk

Event Details

This talk by Catherine Grigg of Wycombe Museum (which is known to many as the Chair Museum) explores the history of Thomas Glenister’s Furniture Factory of Temple End, High Wycombe. The factory site was demolished in the 1990s and redeveloped as a supermarket – now Morrisons. This talk traces Glenister’s humble beginnings in the 1830s as a side hustle to a pub, through to closure in 1990. In its heyday, Glenisters made furniture for Royal occasions and were at one time the largest furniture employer in town. This a great way to learn more about High Wycombe’s unique furniture making heritage.

For adults.

This talk is a repeat of one delivered at Wycombe Museum in 2023.

Accessibility info: Step free standard public toilet, lift, accessible public toilet, baby changing

Location: Floor 1, High Wycombe Library, 5 Eden Place, HP11 2DH

Tickets for this talk will be available soon.

This event is free to attend.

This event is part of the Chilterns Chairs Festival, running through July in celebration of the unique chairmaking heritage of Wycombe and the local area. With a varied programme of events, you’ll learn how the industry grew from the local landscape into thriving furniture production which proudly continues today. Join us to celebrate the stories, the chairs and the surroundings which make up our history. There’s something for everyone, so get involved!

The Chiltern’s Chairs Festival is being organised by Wycombe Museum and is funded by the Chalk, Cherries & Chairs Landscape Partnership.


(Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


High Wycombe Library

5 Eden Place

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