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2010 - 2011

Past Master for

2010

Mark Bridge

Mark is Editor-in-Chief of the weekly newspaper Antiques Trade Gazette and has over 30 years experience of reporting and commentating on the art and antiques market. He is a founder member of the Guild of Arts Scholars and has edited its newsletter since its inception in 2005.

He was educated at University College School, Hampstead and Leeds University where he read English and French.

In September 1979, he went for a job interview at what he believed to be a book publisher. He was taken aback to be offered a post as a filing clerk on a newspaper, but he took the job nevertheless and has been working for Antiques Trade Gazette in a variety of roles ever since. In those days Antiques Trade Gazette was published by a small team from a first floor flat above a French horn shop in Long Acre, Covent Garden. It was a small title but beginning to grow rapidly and Mark soon moved on to become a reporter and a sub-editor. His An Encyclopedia of Desks was published in 1988

When ATG was acquired by the Daily Mail Group in 1994, he was appointed editor and became more deeply involved in many aspects of the art and antiques business, working closely with the trade associations to organize, and ultimately chair, a series of ground-breaking conferences for dealers in the 1990s. In 2000 he became Editor-in-Chief of all the Daily Mail Group art and antiques titles worldwide, including ATG and The Dealer in the UK and AntiqueWeek and AntiqueWest in the USA. In 2008 he was part of a successful management buy out which led to the formation of ATG Media and he continues to play a key role in the company's development as a mutli-media business, with a flourishing live online bidding service at the-saleroom.com as well as Antiques Trade Gazette.

Mark lives in rural East Sussex with his wife Jane and son Robin. He plays cricket and rings the church bells in his home village. He has always enjoyed outdoor pursuits, including shooting, fishing, sailing, bird watching and hill walking. He is a keen vegetable gardener, with a 1948 Ferguson tractor and unfulfilled pretensions to self-sufficiency.