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 5.30 p.m. 

This will include the full day’s events, coffee or tea and biscuits on arrival, lunch at the Garden Kitchen Restaurant in Syon Park and afternoon tea in the Green Drawing Room in Syon House. The talks will take place in the Northumberland Room at Syon House and there will be a tour of the house.

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.

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Friday 20th October 2017 - Stephen Calloway - The Rise and Rise of Interior Decoration: England, France and America in the Twentieth Century and beyond.

The Rise and Rise of Interior Decoration: England, France and America in the Twentieth Century and beyond.

Friday 20th October 2017 - Stephen Calloway

Morning Session 1 - From ‘Upholders’ to Interior Decorators: tradition, modernity and the rise of a new profession.

Morning session 2 - A Golden Age, 1930s-1950s: John Fowler and his friends and rivals.


Afternoon Session 1 - Modern Times: the ever-faster swing of the pendulum of taste. The Sixties, ‘The Country House Look’, Minimalism and some other trends.

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, 2nd February 2018 - Modern Lighting Techniques for the Historic Interior with Andrew Molyneux and Harry Triggs, Co-Founders of TM Lighting

Friday, 2nd February 2018

Artwork lighting experts, Andrew and Harry of TM Lighting will discuss the benefits of introducing modern lighting techniques into historic properties; from enhancing the visual presentation of art collections, to how low-energy LED products result in improvements to the conservation of work, as well as considerable energy and cost-savings.

Morning session: Modern Lighting Techniques for the Historic Interior

An Illustrated talk about introducing modern LED lighting into historic houses discussing howlighting can be tailored to the needs of the individual artwork, the surrounding interiors, architecture and eccentricities of each historic house to create an entirely customised solution for each project. 


Afternoon session: A workshop with practical advice on the tools, technology and application of modern lighting, as well as demonstrations of the different effects lighting can create within a listed property, whether dramatic, serene or incidental. Opportunity for Q&A.

TOUR -  We will undertake a lighting consultation scenario at Syon House with Caroline Percy and Oliver Gerrish, who will ask questions about the current lighting approaches, with expert suggestions on how the collection might be revitalised or different methods for presentation could be undertaken including sculptures and paintings, depending on the aspirations of the client and desired effect upon the space. 

After the tour we will have tea in the Green drawing room. 

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