Wallpaper History Society


  • 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
  • Peeling back the years: Chioniserie wallpaper at Woburn Abbey

    This exhibition is the first in a new annual programme of exhibitions and events showcasing Woburn Abbey’s collection and decorative history. Peeling back the years, which focuses on the influence of Chioniserie in both house and garden, coincides with work being carried out by the National Trust towards a catalogue of all Chinese export papers in its house in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    WHS Special Visit: Saturday 20th September 2014

    Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA


    WOburn Abbey Chinoiserie
  • 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.

  • 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.



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