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Who are AYG?
Antiques Young Guns (AYG) are a collaborative grassroots organisation set up to support young professionals within the wider antiques industry aged 39 and under. At AYG we openly embrace all types of young antiques professional from dealers, auctioneers, restorers and support or media specialists no matter what their previous background or level in the antiques world. Our members all share a common love for antiques, history and heritage.

How it all started?
Antiques Young Guns was initially formed when three separate but like-minded individuals (Mark Hill, Gail Mcleod and George Johnson) came together on social media back in 2012 to chat about antiques. Quickly our three founders realised that there were lots of young people in the Antiques Industry who could use a support network. From those humble beginnings the organisation was formed and quickly grew into what it has become today.

AYG Today
Today we are stronger and larger than ever before, and together with our sister group Antiques Young Guns USA our members span at least 3 continents.
Through AYG our members enjoy:

  • The benefits of a social and support network with like-minded individuals
  • Exclusive offers and selling opportunities in association with some of the leaders in the Industry
  • Discounts to publications, fairs and more
  • The chance to sell online included in the membership fee
  • The ability to raise their profile within the industry and beyond
  • Entry to the prestigious ‘Antiques Young Gun of the Year’ Award

Getting involved
We are always keen to hear from young Antiques professionals but we also rely on the constant support and backing of all manner of people and groups within the Industry and beyond. Therefore irrespective of age, please do get in touch if you would like to become a part of the AYG network and help shape the future of the antiques trade.

 

 

 


Winner - The Antiques Young Gun 2013 - Timothy Medhurst, 21 year old auctioneer and coin specialist at Essex auctioneers Reeman Dansie. From left: Organiser George Johnson, celebrity designer Nicky Haslam, Timothy Medhurst, Mark Hill

Winner | The Antiques Young Gun 2013 | Timothy Medhurst
 21 year old auctioneer and coin specialist at Essex auctioneers Reeman Dansie.
From left: Organiser George Johnson, celebrity designer Nicky Haslam, Timothy Medhurst, Mark Hill

 

Winner - The Antiques Young Gun 2014

Winner | The Antiques Young Gun 2014 | James Gooch
 James Gooch owner of Doe and Hope
From left: George Johnson, Timothy Medhurst - AYG of the year 2013, James Gooch, Mark Hill