Links to Educational Establishments
West Dean – The Edward James Foundation
West Dean College, an internationally-renowned centre for study. The college provides MA degrees, diplomas and short courses for students of all abilities, from the beginner to the advanced professional practitioner.
Links to Museums & Collections
V&A South Kensington

Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000

The Whitworth Art Gallery

University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M15 6ER UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 7450
Fax + 44 (0)161 275 7451
44 (0)161 275 7452
Education Line + 44 (0)161 275 7453

The Geffrye – Museum of The Home

Kingsland Road – London E2 8EA
MODA – Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian)

2 East 90th Street
New York New York 10128. USA
Tel: +01 212 849 8400

Musée Du Papier Peint

The collections from the company Zuber (ca 100,000 items, from the Beginning of the 19th c. To 1983) with completed Were Acquired Thousands of wallpapers since 1983. They give a full overview of the history of wallpaper since the dominoes of the 18th c. to the present creations from everywhere all around the world.

Strawberry Hill

Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle:Created by Horace Walpole in the 18th century, Strawberry Hill is internationally famous as Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture.

National Trust

We protect historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs. Then we open them up for ever, for everyone.

Links to Societies & Guilds
NADFAS – National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies

NADFAS works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the conservation of our artistic heritage. We support over 360 local Societies across the country, in mainland Europe and New Zealand.

The Art Workers’ Guild

Founded in 1884, the Guild reflected a widespread desire to create social contact between members of different artistic professions, for whom there was no existing institutional meeting place.
The Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square
London, WC1N 3AT

The Decorative Arts Society

Founded in 1975, The Decorative Arts Society encourages the study and appreciation of the applied arts, architecture and interior design on an international basis throughout Europe and America from 1850 to the present.

National Trust

We protect historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs. Then we open them up for ever, for everyone.

The Textile Society

For the study of the history, art and design of textiles.

William Morris Society UK

The William Morris Society aims to perpetuate the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian or any age. The life, work and ideas of William Morris (1834-1896) are as important today as they were in his lifetime.

Design History Society

The Design History Society is the leading national organisation that promotes the study of design history, and brings together and supports all those engaged in the subject – students, researchers, educators, designers, designer-makers, critics and curators.

The Institute Of Conservation (ICON)

English Heritage

Links to wallpaper companies offering reproduction services

The Wallpaper History Society regularly receives enquiries regarding companies that make reproduction or bespoke wallpaper, or work in related areas. The companies listed below all advertise services related to the industry.

NB All quotes are from the companies’ own websites and are not WHS comments. The Wallpaper History Society takes no responsibility for the organisations mentioned.

UK based:

Anstey Wallpaper Company has a rich heritage and integrates a number of wallpaper manufacturing businesses stretching back well over 100 years, which have been brought together onto one site in Loughborough, England.

Bruce Fine Papers

We specialise in the manufacturer of block printed wallpaper. We can work using historic wallpaper designs or your own personal ideas.

Hamilton Weston Wallpapers Ltd

All our wallpapers can be custom-coloured to suit the specific requirements of your home or project. We frequently develop designs from clients’ vintage fabrics, maps, prints, photographs, drawings or artefacts.

 Cole & Son

The Cole & Son Bespoke Service offers an opportunity to create a personal and unique wallpaper. Suitable for those who wish to have their favourite current design in a particular colour or those who want to delve into the formidable Cole & Son archive to commission a reproduction of an historic design. Depending on design style and complexity Cole & Son offers a breadth of printing techniques, employing methods relevant to each design.


Outside UK:

Adelphi Paper Hangings (Sharon Springs, New York, USA)

Adelphi Paper Hangings offers wallpapers that are meticulously reproduced from original documents and hand-printed by skilled artisans using the same methods and materials employed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. To help insure that the art and craft of traditional handmade wallpapers would survive, Adelphi established the only commercial production facility for block printing historic papers in the United States. Adelphi is able to produce wallcoverings with the same distinctive character and spirit as those of the past. At Adelphi Paper Hangings, each order is printed individually, allowing us to tailor the palette to the client’s needs as well as offing historic colorways.

Atelier D’Offard (Tours, France)

Hand block printing. Printed color after color, repeat after repeat, the paper is painted with hand blocks on a manual press. Colors. 100% Natural. Pigments and rabbit skin glue. Our colours respect the principles of conservation and give bright texture to our wallpapers.

 Handtryckta Tapeter (Långholmen, Stockholm, Sweden)

We offer:
Reconstruction and reprint of historic wallpapers, borders and blinds.
A large collection of wallpaper-, border- and blindpatterns from the 18th, 19th and 20th century.
A large and unique stock of vintage wallpapers from the 20th century.
Advice concerning historic wallpapers.

Croxford and Saunders– decorative painting

Lim & Handtryck

With great handcraft skills and environmentally acceptable production values, Lim & Handtryck makes wallpaper with culturally historical patterns. We use hand-printing, original printing rollers and an over 100 year old surface print machine called The Rose Machine, with which we use our own linseed oil starched distemper mix, made from mineral pigments.


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