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The benefits of becoming a Friend

Friends' membership entitles you to:
FREE entry to major antiques fairs including:
  • BADA 2018
  • All the Olympia Antiques Fairs
  • Masterpiece London
  • Access to the expertise of over 400 professional antique dealers
  • Exclusive visits to private collections
  • Invitations to private views. See Friends Events - Visits.
  • Participation in masterclasses in dealers' shops and galleries
  • Regular newsletter
  • Complimentary List of BADA Members

What is the BADA Trust?

The British Antique Dealers' Association Cultural and Educational Trust is a registered charity. The aims of The Friends are to allow interested members of the public to participate in and expand the work of the Trust. This includes sponsorship of full time restoration and conservation courses at West Dean College, travel awards and fees for students and publications for national cultural institutions. It also assists in the purchase of items for museums.

The Friends was formed in 1991 to encourage members of the public to be more aware of the work dealers do and the cultural and educational activities they undertake, and to help Friends tap the resources of knowledge and experience by personal acquaintance with the dealers. We are not in competition with any other Friends organisations. All our activities are designed to increase Friends' knowledge and appreciation of antiques and, at the same time, put at your disposal the combined knowledge of members of The British Antique Dealers' Association.

Geoffrey Munn OBE (pictured left), Managing Director of longstanding BADA members Wartski Ltd, accepted the post of Chairman of the Friends of the BADA Trust in November 2016.

Geoffrey outlined the importance of the Trust by saying, “As dealers, we are privileged to live and work with exceptional objects on a daily basis and I believe it is our duty, via the work of the BADA Trust, to ensure that those outstanding works of fine art, design and antiques are not only enjoyed by the widest possible audience but also by many generations to come."

recent events include

  • A private visit to Downing Street
  • An evening reception at Peacock House
  • A private visit to Highgrove
  • A series of masterclasses on subjects ranging from the horse in bronze to early 19th-century British landscape painting
  • A private reception at The Foundling Museum

These represent only a small part of our varied activities. No wonder they say we are the best kept secret in the antiques world! For forthcoming events go to Friends Events. To book tickets to events or fairs use the ticket booking form.

How to become a member

Joining the Friends is easy, simply click here to purchase your membership online

or download and complete our BADA Friends Membership Form

The Young Friends

If you are aged 35 or under, interested in antiques and art and want to meet others with a similar interest why not join the Young Friends?