- [1960s-2005] (Creation)
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1.19 cubic metres
46 boxes and 9 oversize folders
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Richard ‘Dick’ Reid was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14 May 1934. He served an apprenticeship as an Architectural Wood and Stone Carver in the studio of Ralph Hedley (Craftsmen) Ltd of Newcastle, where he also attended Durham University Art School.
Following his National Service, he set up his own stonemasonry workshop in York in 1958. Over the next forty years he established himself as a master sculptor and carver whose expertise in conservation and restoration in particular was recognised internationally. At its height in the 1990s, his workshop was the largest in the UK, with up to fifteen assistants and apprentices.
His projects have included Spencer House, Althorp, Somerset House, Windsor Castle, The Sanctuary at Highgrove, Fairfax House in York, Carlisle Cathedral, and Chatelherault Hunting Lodge in Scotland.
In 1989 he was invited by Charles, Prince of Wales, to work with his new Institute of Architecture. Reid subsequently became a lecturer and Trustee of the Institute, taking part in summer schools in the UK and America over the next twelve years. He is also a founder member of the Crafts Council in London and the Scottish Conservation Bureau in Edinburgh.
In 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York in recognition of his work and in 2003-2004 he served as Master of the Art Workers’ Guild in London. He was also Training Co-ordinator and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Masons, the London livery company for stonemasonry, and a President of the Master Carvers’ Association. In York he has served as President of the York Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Vice-President of the York Georgian Society and Governor of York Merchant Adventurers Company.
He retired in 2005, donating the remaining items from his studio to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in New York where it forms The Dick Reid Teaching Collection.
In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for his services to Heritage. In 2016 he received the Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal for outstanding lifetime achievement in stonemasonry.
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