The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA) is a nationwide organisation of the most skilled and experienced craftspeople engaged in all aspects of furniture conservation and restoration of the best quality. It was founded in 1979 in order to safeguard the interests of connoisseurs and dealers in antique furniture by assuring that the highest professional standards are maintained in a world where there are many unqualified and inexperienced people involved. Numerous historic houses, livery halls and collectors at every level have benefitted over the past forty years from the assurance that BAFRA can bring.
All applicants for full membership of BAFRA have to go through a rigorous assessment procedure by a visiting examiner to assess the level and diversity of their skills, their knowledge of furniture history and design, and their business credentials. Their workshops are also assessed and must satisfy the highest professional standards. All accredited Full Members are required to have at least five years of experience as conservation/restoration professionals (the average is currently 23 years). There are also regular on-going checks through continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in skills, knowledge and technical developments. All members are bound by the BAFRA Code of Ethics.
The membership includes a wide range of specialist restorers in fields such as carving and gilding, marble and stone, clocks and barometers, mechanical music, lacquer work and japanning, carpets and textiles, and upholstery.