WHS Events

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.

Please book early, and at the latest by Saturday 20 June



 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

The Wallpaper History Society warmly invites you to our Annual General Meeting and Christmas Lecture on Friday 13th December 2019. This year we are delighted to announce our speaker, Eleanor Brooke-Peat,Curator at Castle Howard who will present a talk on her successful exhibition Magnificence and Convenience: A History of Design and Decoration at Castle Howard.

Castle Howard has been home to the Howard family for over 300 years. From the splendour of the 3rd Earl of Carlisle’s state apartments to the fashionable Arts and Crafts wallpapers introduced by the 9th Countess, every generation has made their mark. Castle Howard still has fragments and examples of a succession of decorative schemes used over the years which reflect the differing tastes of the owner family. This illustrated talk will examine the changing fashions and fortunes of Castle Howard through its decoration, with a particular focus on the use of the wallpaper by successive generations, and a look to what the future holds for this magnificent building.

Please join us after the talk for our usual festive wine and light buffet refreshment and an opportunity to discuss all things wallpaper at the wonderful historic Art Workers’ Guild.  Everyone is welcome!


6.15 pm           Arrive for AGM
6.30                 AGM (WHS members only)
7.00                 Talk: Magnificence and Convenience: A History Of Design And Decoration At Castle Howard
8.00                 Light buffet with wine

Tickets:          £30.00 members/£35 non-members including buffet and wine.
For new members joining now: £50 for annual membership and AGM

How to book your place on the Wallpaper History Society Christmas Event

 Please send your reply to: treasurer@wallpaperhistorysociety.org.uk

For member to complete:
Member/guest status and numbers (e.g. 1 member, 1 guest):
Contact details:
Fee amount due:

How to pay

In all cases, please email treasurer@wallpaperhistorysociety.org.uk to notify of your intention to attend and your method of payment.

By cheque:
Please make cheques payable to The Wallpaper History Society and send with completed form to:
Rowena Beighton-Dykes
Treasurer, The Wallpaper History Society
30 Millbeck Close, Weston, Crewe,  Cheshire CW2 5LR

Direct transfers
Please include your abbreviated name and the name of the event in the details, for identification by the Treasurer.

Bank:              Lloyds Bank PLC
Account:        00950530
Sort Code:     30 – 19 – 54

 IBAN:             GB66 LOYD 3019 5400 9505 30
BIC/Swift:     LOYDGB21381

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Member/non member/joint membership +AGM

A Wallpaper History Society invitation offering a rare visit to Emery Walker House and
 Kelmscott House in Hammersmith  – plus a Garden Party! 

2 August 2019, from 2pm

 £30 MEMBERS/£35 NON-MEMBERS – limited to 16 attendees, WHS members prioritised

7 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6 9TS & 26 Upper Mall, London W6 9TA

The Wallpaper History Society last visited Emery Walker’s House in 2017, and are pleased to offer another opportunity this August. Since the WHS Committee were invited more than 10 years ago the house has received a HLF grant to restore, refurbish and present it to the public. Walker was a friend of William Morris, and was immensely influential and highly regarded in his field (which would now be called ‘graphic design’). Walker’s house is a few minutes from Morris’ Kelmscott House and both men had an eclectic mix of belongings in their homes. Walker’s interior is believed to be the most authentic Arts & Crafts home in Britain. This visit provides an opportunity for members to see the marvellous Morris & Co textiles, wallpapers and furniture, intermingled with 17th and 18th-century English furniture, Middle-Eastern rugs, and Chinese and Moroccan ceramics.

Kelmscott House was Morris’s London home and is now base of the William Morris Society which has a small museum in the coach house and basement housing seasonal exhibitions and events. Morris lived at Kelmscott House from 1878 until his death in 1896. He wove his first carpets here, and the coach-house became the meeting place for the Hammersmith branch of the Socialist League. There is an extensive reference library, showcasing changing displays from the collection as well as Morris’s original Albion printing press used in the production of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer.

NUMBERS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED. Emery Walker’s House can only accommodate 8 visitors at a time so two groups will alternate between the two houses.

This fascinating visit will culminate with afternoon tea and bubbly in the riverside garden of WHS committee member Stephen Levrant, whose house, c.1753, is next door to Emery Walker’s.


WHS Member/Non-Member


Visit to the Sanderson Wallpaper Archive, Chalfont House, Denham, UB9 4DX

Friday 19 July 2019, 2pm.

Machine Printed Wallpaper 1920s / Arthur Sanderson & Son advertisement c. 1900 / ‘Tricus’ screen printed wallpaper, designed by Gordon Crook, 1960.© Style Library / Abaris Holdings Ltd

The Wallpaper History Society is delighted to offer a visit to the Design Library Sanderson Archive guided by the Archivist Keren Protheroe.  The Sanderson archive holds an internationally significant collection of 19th and 20th century artwork and wallpapers, including examples of work by important French and  English manufactures.

A selection from both of these periods will be available to view, including Japanese leather papers produced by Rottmann &Co, the Jeffrey & Co wallpaper log books and wallpapers and decorative friezes produced by Arthur Sanderson & Sons at the Sanderson factory in Chiswick c.1880s to 1920s.  Twentieth century examples will include moderne and modernist-inspired papers and screen printed wallpapers created for Palladio and Sanderson ranges in the 1950s and 1960s.  All are welcome to join us for a fascinating afternoon spent exploring this important historic archive and inspirational design resource.

Spaces are limited on this event so please book your place early. Please be aware that there is no seating available within the archive room itself. Please also note that photography is not permitted inside the Design Library Archive.

Ticket price:  £20 members / £25 non-members.



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 in London, Amsterdam, Moscow and Delhi, their skills include gilding, mural and decorative painting, and a wide range of specialist interior decorative finishes

For more about Croxford & Saunders, visit https://www.croxfordandsaunders.com/

Event details:

Date: Friday 10th May 2019, commencing 1.30pm

Location: Apex House, 23-25 Hythe Road, London NW10 6RT

Cost: £20 WHS Members, £25 guests (WHS priority, as numbers are limited)

Please note that numbrs are limited, so early booking is recommended

The afternoon session will commence at 1.30pm and include light refreshments

Croxford & Saunders booking form.doc


Member and Guest prices

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.

To find out more about Allyson’s work and the showroom, please visit: http://www.allysonmcdermott.com/new-page-37/

An artisan in the truest sense of the word, Allyson McDermott is arguably the world’s leading authority on conserving, recreating and hanging historic wallpapers.  Part artist, part scientist, part sleuth, she peels away the layers of history for clients including The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and interior designers and architects worldwide.

The day will begin at 11am, and include a light lunch. Please note that the premises are old, with some facilities located in the basement where the floor can be uneven. Numbers are limited. You can download the booking and visit information here and book directly via PayPal below. Please note that you may need to register and open a PayPal account to do this, and use the destination info@wallpaperhistorysociety.org.uk.


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