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. 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.

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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Friday 5th May 2017 - Stephen Calloway - Tradition and Innovation in Interior Decoration: English Style past and present

Tradition and Innovation in Interior Decoration: English Style past and present

Friday 5th May 2017 - Stephen Calloway

Morning Session 1 - Historic and exotic in town and country: revivals and recreations in decoration. 

Morning session 2 - The rise of interior decoration and the ‘English Country House Look’.


Afternoon Session 1 - Telling details: the arrangement of pictures, furniture and objects in rooms, then and now.

Afternoon Session 2 - Tour of the house

Stephen Calloway is an art historian, curator and writer. From 1974-2013 he was a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, specialising in the fine and decorative arts of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, with particular interest in the history of taste, collecting and interior decoration. 

He has curated many exhibitions at the V&A and elsewhere, including Aubrey Beardsley, the  centenary show in 1998, Rex Whistler: The Triumph of Fancy (Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, 2006) and The Cult of Beauty, the V&A’s major exhibition on the Aesthetic Movement (2011). 

In addition to exhibition projects, he divides his time between writing, lecturing and broadcasting, and is also been called upon as a consultant for period films and the arrangement of real interiors.  His books include Twentieth Century Decoration; The Elements of Style;  Baroque, Baroque: The Culture of Excess and Traditional Style: How to Recreate the Traditional Period Home.  In addition to scholarly articles, he also writes regularly for magazines including The World of Interiors and House and Garden.


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