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Online event – virtual tour of Jane Austen’s House, Wednesday 23 June, 2021, 6pm

Limited numbers, WHS members only

Join Director Lizzie Dunford for a special guided virtual tour of Jane Austen’s House to discover more about the home in which Austen was living while she wrote and revised her globally beloved novels. We will explore the decorative schemes of the House, especially the Museum’s collection of recreated historic wallpapers.

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Netflix star Christine McConnell’s Wallpaper Restoration

McConnell’s Youtube series From The Mind of Christine McConnell features her renovation, homemaking  and craft skills, and her latest episode shows her restoring a late 19th century wallpaper in her new home, an Italianate gothic mansion, built in 1873. She contacted the Wallpaper History Society for advice –alongside Alyson McDermott and Sanderson archivist Karen Protheroe.  See 19 minutes… Continue reading


Author Claud Cecil Gurney founded the De Gournay wallpaper company in 1984. Celebrated for its hand-painted chinoiserie wallpapers, this new book showcases de Gournay designs in situ, in beautiful interiors created by top designers in homes from San Francisco and New York to London, Paris, and beyond. 

By Claud Cecil Gurney

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Create Oneness – projected mural for Leighton House Museum

We are pleased to share details of the Leighton House Museum‘s current fundraising campaign for a spectacular mural by Iranian artist Shahrzad Ghaffari. Entitled Oneness, this will be the first contemporary artwork on permanent display in the new wing of the museum. If you wish to help our friends from Leighton House fundraise for this worthwhile… Continue reading

The Wallpaper History Society AGM & Christmas Celebration

 The Wallpaper History Society AGM & Christmas Celebration Magnificence and Convenience:  A History of Design and Decoration at Castle Howard 


Friday 13th December 2019 The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT With catering by Hoxton Beach Christmas drinks courtesy Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture

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Croxford and Saunders event

Visit to studios and demonstrations of specialist paint techniques:

Croxford & Saunders, Hythe Road, London

Friday 10 May 2019

The Society has a arranged an afternoon visit to the the studios of the Fine Decorative Arts specialists Croxford and Saunders. With commissions varying from royal palaces in the Middle East and South East Asia, to Scottish castles and significant homes… Continue reading

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery 23rd May, 2019: talk by Emile de Bruijn on restored Chinese wallpaper.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2019

Welcome drink from 6.45pm; talk 7.30-8.15pm. £10/ £6.50 concessions. Members go free.

Chinese Wallpaper expert and National Trust curator Emile de Bruijn discusses the restored hand-painted wallpaper in The Upper Drawing Room and the role of Chinese art and design in Britain during Soane’s time.

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Mattock Lane, London W5 5EQ

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Visit and workshop, Allyson McDermott Showroom, Bath, Wed 27 February 2019

The Society is delighted to announce a visit to Allyson McDermott’s Bath showroom, housed in the historic Margaret’s Buildings, built around 1769 by John Wood the younger.  The day will comprise an illustrated talk about wallpaper conservation, investigation and recreation using traditional techniques, followed by a demonstration and workshop.

The day will begin at 11am, and include a light… Continue reading

New Book Release: The Design, Production and Reception of eighteenth-century wallpaper in Britain

Dr Clare Taylor‘s new book The Design, Production and Reception of eighteenth-century wallpaper in Britain is the first academic study of eighteenth-century wallpaper. Much has been written on ceramics, textiles, furniture and even lacquer but wallpaper has been hitherto ignored as a component of the eighteenth-century interior.  However this book shows it was a key new… Continue reading


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