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The Wallpaper History Society

July 6, 2010

Founded in 1986 in the UK, the Wallpaper History Society was established to promote an awareness and understanding of historic and contemporary wallcoverings. Their scope encompasses not only the history of wallpapers, but other types of wallcoverings and interior decoration.

They explain on their website that the study of wallcoverings has traditionally been seen as rather esoteric, of interest only to specialist researchers and enthusiasts, however, in the mid-1980s, articles on period decoration began to feature regularly in journals and magazines and it became clear that a much larger audience had developed an interest in the subject. Still, information on the manufacture, design and location of historic and contemporary patterns was still hard to find and so the Wallpaper History Society was founded!

The Society “aims to encourage research and provide information on all aspects of wallpaper design, production and consumption, to foster an awareness of the importance of preserving period decorations, and to provide a much needed point of contact for all the different groups and individuals interested in these issues.” They promote the educational aspects of wallpapers and liaise with colleges offering courses in applied art. They also hold wallpaper design competitions for students, award prizes and offer a company-based internship to the winner.

For more information, visit their website

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jay Dee permalink
    July 6, 2010 10:06 PM

    Now that is a real gem of information KT – love it! If it weren’t for all the societies that crop up around the arts and crafts where would we be?

    • July 7, 2010 8:40 AM

      Thanks Jay Dee! I’m going to become a member and am looking forward to receiving their journals…

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