Study Days

The cost of each study day will be £180.00 (incl. VAT) payable in advance.

This series of study days is held at Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF.

Each study day starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m. This will include the full day’s events, coffee or tea and biscuits on arrival, a delicious warm lunch at the Garden Kitchen Restaurant in Syon Park and afternoon tea and cake in the Green Drawing Room in Syon House. The talks will take place in the Northumberland Room at Syon House. You will also have Syon House to yourself for the day and there will be a very special private tour of Syon with Lady Caroline Percy and the guest speaker.

Cancellations made less than 4 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 50% cancellation charge. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the event are non-refundable.

We are delighted to announce we have gone into partnership with Historic Houses Association, a not-for-profit organisation preserving and promoting over 1,600 historic houses, castles and gardens. Every study day bought, Historic Decoration will give £25 to the HHA.

Saturday 14th January 2017 - Patrick Baty - The History of Paints for the Historic Interior

The History of Paint for the Historic Interior

Saturday 14th January 2017 - Patrick Baty.

Morning – ‘Paint in a nutshell’; the history of paints covering the long 18th century (c.1680-1830).

The use of paint and colour in the medium size house, with advice on what paints are suitable for today’s use.

Afternoon - ‘The Paint Detective’ – how to discover which colours were employed in the historic house.

Patrick Baty is an expert in the decoration of historic buildings. His work covers research, paint analysis, colour surveys and technical advice. Projects have ranged from King Henry VIII’s heraldic beasts, Baroque churches, country houses, wartime RAF stations and London social housing estates, to structures such as Tower Bridge and Holborn Viaduct. He also works in the USA. Patrick’s first book is due out in Spring 2017. He blogs at -

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Saturday 28th January 2017– Allyson McDermott - The History of Wallpaper for the Historic Interior

The History of Wallpaper for the Historic Interior

Saturday 28th January 2017– Allyson McDermott.

Morning - The history of wallpaper, including the manufacture, and use of Chinese and European papers from 1650 to the present.

Modern wallpapers suitable for the historic interior.

The identification, conservation and recreation of wallpapers.

Afternoon - A demonstration of some of the historic techniques used in the manufacture of wallpapers, with a discussion of case studies.

An artisan in the truest sense of the word, Allyson 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, interior designers and architects worldwide.  

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Friday 10th March 2017 - Hugh Petter and David Harrison - The History of Interior Proportions and Plaster Mouldings

The History of Interior Proportions and Plaster Mouldings

Friday 10th March 2017 -  Hugh Petter.

Morning - Talk on the origins of the Classical Orders of architecture and their importance in interior design.

Afternoon - David Harrison from Hayles and Howe will give a talk on the history of plaster mouldings, how they were made and applied. He will focus on the mouldings  suitable for period houses today, finishing with a demonstration.

Hugh Petter is a recognised authority on classical and traditional architecture with a broad range of experience. He works throughout Britain, Italy, the Caribbean, North America and Russia. He has published various articles and essays on architectural subjects and is a visiting tutor to several colleges in the UK and abroad. He is a Vice-Chairman of The Georgian Group.

David Harrison is the Managing Director of Hayles and Howe, a renowned ornamental plasterwork and scagliola company, specialising in the conservation and restoration of theatres, churches and public buildings.

David has been responsible for recreating many stunning Robert Adam interiors, including replicating in detail the Library at Kenwood House and the Anti-Room at Syon House, for a client in Pueblo, Colorado (the works included research and manufacture of the ceilings, cornices, statues and malachite scagliola columns). 

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