Wallpaper archive / library

Discussion in 'Painters' Talk' started by sospan, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. sospan

    sospan Well-Known Member

    Whilst remodelling a fireplace to fit a cooker range, I discovered an alcove that has been blocked up for well over a 100 years. The back wall of the alcove still has its original wall paper.

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    It will be a shame to lose it during the renovation and it should be conserved especially since it is in a remarkable condition. I can recall that there used to be a archive / collection of old wallpaper but can't remember their name - anybody recall what their name is ?
     
  2. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    I believe a room at The House of Parliament has a room dedicated to old wall coverings.
     
  3. sospan

    sospan Well-Known Member

    Quite interesting, been in the Houses a few times, never heard it mentioned.

    Within my fractured memory, I have a recollection of someone/somewhere maintaining a collection of old wallpaper patterns.
     
  4. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Try The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
     
  5. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

  6. sospan

    sospan Well-Known Member

  7. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    In my black book.:)

    If your wallpaper is worth perserving, it can be remove in complete sheets by the experts.

    Think it's Cole & Cole who have hundreds, maybe thousands of orginal wood block patterns for wallpapers.

    https://www.cole-and-son.com/en/bespoke-service/

    A habit I have,making a list of trades & firms for preservation,products,etc, sadly I've let it slip the last few years, & some firms have gone.:(
     
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  8. sospan

    sospan Well-Known Member

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  10. sospan

    sospan Well-Known Member

    I used to have external drives full of e-books, PDF's, plans. diagrams, ideas etc. Just got so hard remembering what I had, what it was called and where it was.

    Tried quite a bit of software over the years but given up now
     
  11. sospan

    sospan Well-Known Member

    I received a response from them : "Unfortunately the society doesn’t have the resources to keep a collection, although we do keep a few pieces for training and other events. "

    I even asked the National Museum of Wales, historic building recreation in St Fagans - no response which is really sad as they actually have a display of actual miners cottages as they were over the decades
     

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