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

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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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The cost of each study day will be £180.00 (incl. VAT.) This will include the full day’s events, coffee or tea and biscuits on arrival, lecture in the Northumberland Room, Lunch will be held in the Garden Restaurant. Each study day will conclude with a tour of the house by the day's expert, followed by tea in the Green Drawing Room.

This study day starts at 10 a.m. at Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF and will finish around 5 p.m.

Numbers are limited to 35 participants per day.

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.



10.00 a.m.

Arrival. Welcome to Syon House and coffee. 

10.30 a.m.

Lecture in Northumberland Room

11.30 a.m.

Break and questions

12.00 p.m.


1.00 p.m.

Lunch in the Garden House Restaurant at Syon.

2.30 p.m.

Lecture in Northumberland Room followed by tour of Syon House

4.00 p.m.

Afternoon tea in the Green Drawing Room. 

5.00 p.m.


For any further information, please do get in touch with Zuleika Parkin at