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Woodblock print border 1825-1850

Our history

Our unique Society was established in 1986 by a group of curators and conservators at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery.  The aim was to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, research and expertise in the subject of wallpaper.  It was soon clear, however, that an interest and appetite for the study of wallpaper was greater than that found just within the museum environment, and the WHS expanded its horizons to welcome national and international designers, manufacturers, decorators and wallpaper enthusiasts.    


In 2010 we became a charity with the aim of encouraging further interest and supporting research into the subject of wallpapers and wallcoverings through our bursary, publications and conferences.  Through our output we have raised awareness about the importance of preserving period decorations, championing traditional and modern craft techniques and highlighting the valuable role of the specialist wallpaper conservator.  Over the years we have welcomed many people, both members and non-members to our varied programme of events, and we are proud to continue to provide a network for all people who love and work with wallpaper.

The Wallpaper History Society is run entirely by volunteers and we rely solely for our income on the support of our members and the kind donations from sponsors and individuals who have benefitted from our work.  Your membership or donation will help us to build on our achievements to date and to continue to provide a meeting place for all, where the history and culture of wallpapers can be shared, promoted and enjoyed into the future.

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