Collecting runs through every issue of H&A – it’s what drives many of us to amass beautiful objects to enjoy and display in our homes. This issue we wanted to focus our attentions even more on this love of collecting, and so we asked five readers with varied passions to share these with us. From buttons to Roald Dahl books, tartanware to walking canes, find out what sparks their interests.

We also celebrate the joy of the antiques centre, while Luke Honey extols the virtues of ‘trading up’ your antiques, and Celia Rufey explores our fascination for English chintz. And don’t miss our brand new ‘Restore & Renovate’ section, which is filled with advice and inspiration, from the beauty of reclaimed tiles to a major home renovation.