Saturday 5th November 2016 - Annabel Westman - The history of textiles and soft furnishings in the historic interior

The history of textiles and soft furnishings in the historic interior

Saturday 5th November 2016Annabel Westman.

Morning - The history of textiles and soft furnishings in the historic interior, including wall hangings, seat furniture, curtains and carpets.

Afternoon - Discussion and demonstration of the types of fabrics used in the historic house.

Annabel Westman, FSA, is an independent textile historian, writer and consultant who has specialised since 1980 on the restoration of historic interiors.  She has worked on a wide range of significant projects for heritage organisations, including Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust and English Heritage. She is also the Executive Director of The Attingham Trust, an educational charitable trust founded in 1952, offering study courses for professionals on historic houses and collections.  


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Saturday 19th November 2016 - Mark Sutton Vane - Designing lighting for the historic interior

 Designing Lighting for the Historic Interior

Saturday 19th November 2016Mark Sutton Vane.

Morning - The history of lighting from the flame to the latest technology.

Designing lighting for the historic interior.

Afternoon - How to tell a story through lighting, with a demonstration using a variety of light fittings. 

Mark Sutton Vane took a degree in Architecture, specialising in conservation. However, he was more attracted to working with light, and designed theatre lighting and laser shows. He moved into Architectural lighting design, and in 1995 set up his own practice, Sutton Vane Associates. The practice designs lighting schemes for historic buildings, museums, galleries and other interior spaces. Mark has lit many high profile projects, including rooms at Knole, parts of Hampton Court Palace, Leighton House, the European Galleries at the V&A and a number of castles and cathedrals. He lit the London 2012 Olympic Park and enjoyed the honour of lighting the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.

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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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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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Friday 9th March 2018

Dr. Frances Sands

'A palace of entertainment in the style of Imperial Rome


A palace of entertainment in the style of Imperial Rome ‘  

This was the brief given to Robert Adam when he was hired by the first Duke of Northumberland to transform the existing Jacobean house. 

Frances will lead a tour of the state rooms with the original plans of Robert Adam, explaining the interpretation and execution of his bold Neoclassical narrative.