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The Wallpaper History Society

Founded in 1986, the Wallpaper History Society provides a unique forum for wallcoverings enthusiasts and professionals alike. The Society, which is a registered charity, celebrates the history, design and social relevance of historic and contemporary wallcoverings and promotes both their study and that of the many trades and professions associated with them. If you are interested in wallcoverings – paper or otherwise – and their contribution to our economic and cultural lives, this is the Society for you!

The Society has three aims:

  • To encourage research and disseminate information about all aspects of the design, production and consumption of wallpapers and wallcoverings.
  • To foster an awareness of the importance of preserving historic decoration.
  • To provide a forum for discussion and a point of contact for the different groups interested in these issues.

Its journal, The Wallpaper History Review is published triennially. In addition, members receive an annual full-colour Newsletter, which provides information about recent discoveries, new publications and relevant events. The Society organises events, including study days, visits to historic houses and archives, occasional conferences and awards an annual research bursary, The Merryl Huxtable Prize

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