Decorex International 2016

We are happy to announce that we have a stand at this years Decorex. We have designed, printed and built it ourselves, inspired by 18th century engraved trade cards from collections at the British Museum and elsewhere. The engraving depicts a wallpaper 'shop' or warehouse and, just like the picture we have designed the stand so that people visiting can pick out papers to be rolled out in front of them. Each day the wallpapers will be changed to show the extent of our collection 

Special thanks to Allyson, Tim, Adrian, Victoria and especially Den for all their hard work 

Conservation of Historic Interiors. West Dean College 23-26th November

Bringing together senior conservators who have worked on many of the iconic conservation projects of the last three decades. A great chance to discuss the joys and dilemmas as the conservator/ restorer uncovers the past and adapts to the challenges of more diverse use and greater accessibility. I will be joined by Heather Tetley, Stephen Clare, John Hartley, Helen Hughes and Geoffrey Preston in considering commissioning  and  research, and the conservation of wallpapers , carpets, architectural stucco and plasterwork, architectural joinery and stained glass in the historic interior. The course will include a tour of Uppark , a project which proved seminal in the development of modern conservation. This will be led by experienced conservators who worked on restoring the house , pioneering new techniques and developing a better understanding of traditional skills.

SPAB/ HRP Masterclass in Historic Finishes at Hampton Court.

Yesterday was yet another lovely day at Hampton Court hosted by SPAB and Historic Royal Palaces. The Masterclass began with a walking tour of interiors in the palace and featured lectures by Patrick Baty, our leading Historic Paint Consultant who has worked on over 200 projects in Grade 1 and 2* listed buildings in both the UK and abroad.( and myself, oddly enough, talking about Historic Wallpapers. We also discussed the benefits of teamwork and illustrated this with several examples of successful projects where we have worked in tandem including Temple Newsam House and , more recently the remarkable 20thc interiors at New Lanark in Scotland. The day concluded with Adrian demonstrating the traditional techniques used in block printing and everyone had a chance to give it a go!  

Many thanks to all concerned with organising such an enjoyable day.

The Masterclass will be repeated at the same time next year. For information contact myself,  SPAB ( ) or Historic Royal Palaces. (‎)

Our wallpaper has made it to the front cover of World of Interiors

This months World of Interiors celebrates the amazing work done by Lord Shaftsbury in bringing St Giles house back to glorious life. The project was also a worthy winner of the Historic Houses Association/Sotheby's  restoration award. We were fortunate enough to have been asked to help with the identification, conservation and recording of all the original papers in the house and in accurately recreating wallpaper for two rooms. 

The wallpaper , a rich turquoise and gold flock is featured on the front cover and images below.