Wallpaper History Society

Events

  • WHS AGM & Christmas Event

    The Wallpaper History Society

    AGM & Christmas EventChinese focus: exciting discoveries in the National Trust and beyond

    Tuesday 2 December 2014 (AGM 6.45pm)

    The Art Workers Guild , 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

    Chinese wallpapers occupy a fascinating place in the history of wallpaper, incorporating Chinese pictorial traditions, responding to European consumer demand and highlighting the ability of the East India Company to ship goods across the globe. The National Trust owns the largest collection of these wallpapers and we are delighted to welcome Andrew Bush and Emile de Bruijn, who, with Helen Clifford, have compiled a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated catalogue of its holdings.

    Their research involved examining records about who purchased the wallpaper, where it was bought, and when and how it was installed by specialist paperhangers and  decorators. Shedding light on the types of rooms in which the papers were hung, how they were used and what meaning these decorations had for the owners of the houses and their guests, this work is long overdue and will provide a fascinating and invaluable resource for anyone interested in historic decoration, enabling a picture to emerge of how Chinese wallpaper spread across the British Isles, and how the different types and styles developed.

    Our event provides a rare opportunity for members and guests to hear about the papers, their history, new discoveries and how this extensive project will impact on our understanding of both the manufacture and consumption of these products in Europe and North America. A Christmas treat not to be missed!

    Programme

    6.30 pm Arrive for AGM

    6.45 AGM (members only)

    7.15 Welcome drinks

    7.30 Chinese focus: exciting discoveries in the National Trust Collection and beyond

    8.30 Light buffet with a Chinese flavour and wine

    Tickets: £25.00 members / £30.00 non-members. Cheques payable to Wallpaper History Society

    Bookings by 20 November to: Amy George, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester,

    Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

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    To: Amy George, The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

    Amy.George@manchester.ac.uk For payment by PayPal/Bank Transfer see: www.wallpaperhistorysociety.org.uk

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  • Historic Wallpapers of Ireland – Study Tour to Dublin

    Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd March 2015 

    Discover the wealth of eighteenth and nineteenth century wallpapers in Ireland, from Dublin to County Kildare. 

    Coinciding with the publication of his comprehensive and enlightening book ‘Wallpaper in Ireland 1700-1900’, wallpaper historian and maker David Skinner, will take us on a privileged access tour through public and private buildings.

    Dublin and its surrounding area is rich in examples of historic wallpaper usage, from the Palladian mansions of Georgian Ireland’s elite to the tenement slums of Victorian and Edwardian Dublin. Highlights will include well-known survivals such as the Chinese Room at Carton and the Print Room at Castletown, along with lesser-known gems such as the Etruscan Print Room at Clongowes Wood. Also included will be a half-day walking tour of Dublin’s Henrietta Street, dating from the 1720s, with visits to several buildings in varying stages of conservation, where historic wallpapers have been found. Outside Dublin, the group will visit William Chambers’ neoclassical Casino at Marino and Newbridge House, County Dublin, with its perfectly preserved Regency saloon. As well as these planned excursions, there will be time for individual exploration of some of Dublin’s many other attractions.

     If you are interested in joining the trip please request a booking form from Joanne Powell:  moatbarnjo@btinternet.com  . The cost of the trip based on two sharing a hotel room is Euro 330 (approx. £260) per person, and based on single room occupancy  is Euro 510 (approx. £400) per person. This includes four nights B&B accommodation at Jurys Inn, Parnell Street, Dublin, travel on two days to properties outside Dublin, and entry fees. This does not include travel to Dublin, other meals and expenses.

     Due to the nature of the tour and properties being visited there are only a limited number of places available.  Book now to avoid disappointment, forms and a £100 deposit for each booking must be received by 2nd December.  Early booking of flights is recommended once the details of the trip have been confirmed at the WHS AGM on 2nd December. 

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  • PATTERN: Watts Architects’ Wallpaper 1870 to Today

    19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

    Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey St, London

    Watts: part of the fabric of the British nation for 140 years

    Celebrating the influential heritage patterns of Watts and showcasing a new anniversary collection of hand blocked wallpapers, this unique exhibition narrates the rich and colourful history of Watts, originating from the founding architects of the company, Bodley, Garner and Gilbert Scott, pioneering architect-designers of the Aesthetic and Gothic Revival movement. Discover the outstanding patterns these architects created and their connections with leading figures and companies of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

    Curated by the internationally renowned design historian, Mary Schoeser, the exhibition presents a range of archival-sourced patterns and sketches from the Watts archives and the Royal Institute of British Architects, including ‘The Bodley’ in pink and dark green specifically coloured for Cecil Beaton for his bathroom, and the ‘Pear’ installed  at the Duchess’s Private Closet at Ham House.

    http://ftmlondon.org/

    Oakleaf wood block with background of bespoke coloured hand blocked wallpapers. Oakleaf design c.1870 G.F. Bodley. © Watts of Westminster.