Wallpaper History Society

Events

  • 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.
  • Wallpaper – Artist’s Interior Worlds: London Design Festival

    Wallpaper – Artist’s Interior Worlds – London Design Festival

    This exhibition is supported by the Wallpaper History Society.

    Exhibition runs: Saturday 13th September until Saturday 1st November 2014

    London Design Festival openings: 13th – 20th September – 10.30am – 5.30pm

    http://www.londonprintstudio.org.uk

  • Woburn Abbey — A Special Visit — Saturday 20th September 2014

      Peeling Back the Years – 18th & 19th century

    Chinese wallpapers at Woburn Abbey 

    Saturday 20th September 2014          Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

     Discover the story of the 4th Duke’s bedroom through its layers of recently discovered Chinese wallpaper.  Follow its journey from a pinnacle of opulence in the 18th century to the present day.  See how the wallpapers at Woburn illustrate the changing style of Chinese wallpapers, and explore how they were made, sold and hung.

    In addition to coffee in the Grotto, we are extremely fortunate, by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, to have access to the Chinese wallpaper in the Ballroom, not normally open to the public. Certainly a special event.

    Programme

    10.15:  Coffee in the Grotto by special arrangement.

    11.00:  Introduction by exhibition curator Lucy Johnson, followed by brief talks on aspects of Chinese wallpapers by Dr Clare Taylor, and Andrew Bush

    12noon :Tour of the temporary exhibition led by Lucy Johnson

    13.00:  Lunch in the Duchess’s Tea Room

    14.00:  Behind the scenes to the Chinese wallpaper in the Ballroom, followed by a guided tour concentrating on wallpaper and the oriental collections, led by Lucy Johnson

    17.00: House and Gardens close

    Woburn Abbey is located approximately 10 minutes drive from the M1 motorway. The Satnav postcode is MK17 9WA

    Tickets include entry to the house and gardens, coffee and lunch:

      £30.00 members / £35.00 non-members. 

    Cheques payable to Wallpaper History Society 

    Bookings by 10th September to:

     Amy George,

    The Whitworth Art Gallery,

     The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

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  • Giants of the Gothic Revival: Watts & Co from Pugin to Comper

    STUDY DAY: Celebrate 140 years of Watts & Co., one of the world’s foremost suppliers of fine ecclesiastical textiles, furnishings and accessories. The company’s long and rich history embraces the grandeur of the Gothic Revival, the refinement of Aestheticism and the dynamism of modern, cutting edge style. Its designers have included A. W. N. Pugin, G. G. Scott Jr., G. F. Bodley, Ninian Comper, and Keith Murray. This day explores the architecture, design and craft from the Victorians to the present.
    Speakers include Alan Powers, Ayla Lepine, Michael Hall, Abraham Thomas, Mary Schoeser and Gavin Stamp.

    Sat 25 October 2014 10:30  – Seminar Room Three
    BOOKLING: V&A Museum.  South Kensington. Cromwell Road. London SW7 2RL
    Tel. + 44 (0) 20 7942 2000
    £45, £35 concessions, £15 students

    WATTS V&A study Day
  • WHS AGM & Christmas Event

    WHS AGM: December 2014

    Details to follow – -Keep an eye on the WHS website

  • WHS Special Long Weekend -October 2014

    To Dublin and other sites in Kildare and Monaghan for a feast of historic wallpapers and other Irish delights. Trip will be led by David Skinner.