Are you sitting comfortably: The history of the chair from ancient to modern is a lecture taking place next Friday, October 11 at the Princess Pavilions.

Hosted by the Falmouth Decorative and Fine Arts Society (FDFAS) the talk traces the development of the chair in terms of its |construction and style from ancient times through to the 19th century.

Organsiers are set to surprise you with just how much there is to reveal about such a |common item of furniture.

The role of the chair as a symbol of power and authority in both religious and courtly |ritual will be examined, as well as its social |significance in a more vernacular setting.

Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski’s lecture seeks to explain furniture in terms of the skills and materials employed in its design and |construction and also its socio-economic |significance. Have you ever wondered what the phrase “sitting on your money” refers to? This lecture will tell you.

The society’s lecture program tries to be |varied and future lectures for the year |include: Windsor Castle: Fire, Restoration|and the Queen; The Twelve Days of Christmas; ‘A Child of Six could do It!’ Cartoonist on Modern Art; Out of the Blue: The Story of Blue in Art; The Cult of the |South Pacific: From Cook to Gauguin; Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe; Art and Architecture along the Silk Road; Wonder Works and the Art of the Illusionist.

Anyone interested in joining the society,|or coming along for a 'taster' should email or telephone Richard on 01326 251233.

The group meet on the second Friday of each month at The Princess Pavilion, Falmouth from 10am to 12.30pm. See to find out more.