(In alphabetical order)





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 -http://patrickbaty.co.uk/blog/.

Patrick Baty will be doing a study day at Syon House on Saturday 14th January 2017.

Edward Bulmer 


Edward has spent the last 30 years working in some of Britain’s finest buildings. He is a leading interior designer, architectural historian and ‘colourman’, renowned for restoring our heritage buildings, bringing his expert knowledge to conservation and his design flair to the creation of new spaces for modern living. 

Edward is a master in both the art and science of colour, an expert with a mission to revive the world of natural colour. He also has that technical knowhow to translate historic reference into paint shades perfectly tuned for fashionable modern living. Unlike virtually all other paints on the market, our colours are designed, made and mixed by an expert in interiors.

Edward Bulmer will be doing a study day at Syon House on Sunday 11th June 2017.


Stephen Calloway


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 DecorationThe 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.

Stephen Calloway will be doing a study day on the 'Tradition and Innovation in Interior Decoration: English Style past and present' at Syon House on Friday 4th May 2017



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). 

Dave Harrison will be doing a study day at Syon House on Friday 10th March 2017 with Hugh Petter.




Allyson McDermott is arguably the world’s leading authority on conserving, recreating and hanging historic wallpapers.  She was formerly Head of Sotheby’s Conservation Studio, Advisor to the National Trust and Chair of the Historic Interiors Group.  Allyson can draw on many years of experience to identify pigments, papers, varnishes and processes used by the makers of an historic paper.  Her practice offers specialist services including wallpaper design and printing, conservation and restoration of original wallpapers, investigation and research and historic interior design consultancy.  Her clients include The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, interior designers and architects worldwide.  Much of her work is for top properties such as Brighton Pavillion and the Palace of Westminster but she also gains great pleasure from creating decorative wallcoverings for private houses.  Her studio has an important archive of designs from 17th to 20th Century, any of which can be recreated to order.  She also has a ready-to-hang collection. 

Allyson McDermott will be doing a study day at Syon House on Saturday 28th January 2017.


Classical Proportions 

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.

Hugh Petter will be doing a study day ay Syon House on Friday 10th March 2017.

Mark Sutton Vane


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.

Mark Sutton Vane will be doing a study day at Syon House on Saturday 19th November 2016.

Annabel Westman


Annabel Westman 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, carrying out detailed research on the original furnishing schemes and advising on their implementation.  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.  

Annabel Westman will be doing a study day at Syon House on Saturday 5th November 2016.