"Block and Roll" - Development of 18th and 19th Century Wallpaper - Sat 13th July 2019

Martyn Bond
Taleyna Fletcher
Martyn Bond
Taleyna Fletcher
Wallpaper Samples
Taleyna Fletcher
Flowery Wallpaper
Dr Phillippa Mapes

The First of our “History of Interiors” talks

On Saturday 15th July 2019 we were delighted to welcome Dr Phillippa Mapes to the Wisbech and Fenland Museum to deliver a talk on the development of wallpaper in the 18th and 19th centuries. The afternoon was split into two sessions, The first part included a fascinating talk about the development of wallpaper printing and manufacture and how it progressed from the 18th century right up to the present day. We learnt about the changes in fashion of wall coverings as well as how social and political changes effected how people were able to decorate their homes.

After a tea and coffee break, there was a chance to look at some original samples normally held in special archive collections. The samples all related to types and designs discussed by Dr Mapes in her talk so it was great to be able to actually see real examples close up!

The wonderful library of the museum provided the perfect location for the talk and we owe a huge thanks to the museum volunteers who helped us set up and provide the refreshments in the Lambert Room downstairs.

The talk was free to attend, fully funded by the Wisbech High Street Project through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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