Cirencester Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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The Shakers of North America: Their Beliefs, Architecture and Artefacts
John Ericson
Wednesday 14 March 2018

The Shakers (or Shaking Quakers as they were derisively called) are not well known outside the United States, or at best we may recognise them through the current fashion for Shaker style kitchens and furniture. In the last 20 years, several museums have been established on the former sites of Shaker settlements and interest has been phenomenal. When genuine examples of Shaker furniture come to auction they fetch prices far in excess of fine European examples of a similar period

John Ericson wonders why this rather plain or even austere furniture is so popular and highly valued? In this engaging talk John tells the extraordinary story of the Shakers, exploring their beginnings, what they believed and how they lived their lives, before examining examples of their wonderful buildings and furniture. For it is only with an understanding of their devout faith and way of life that we can begin to appreciate their legacy.


John Ericson was formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath and has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant. He has lectured in Australia and New Zealand, in 2011 and again in 2017, and has been a popular speaker on the Arts Society circuit for a number of years.