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A DECORATIVE ART; THE HISTORY OF WALLPAPERS Joanna Banham Monday 09 September 2019

This lecture explores the history and development of wallpaper and it’s uses in both grand and more ordinary homes, from earliest times up to the present day. It discusses the changing ways it was made from the first black and white patterns, the creation of elegant flock hangings, Chinese hand-painted papers, machine-printing, the designs of Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, to Modernist and Contemporary designs in the 20th century.


A freelance curator, lecturer and writer, Jo Banham was Head of Adult Learning at the Victoria & Albert Museum (2006-2016) and, before that, Head of Learning and Access at the National Portrait Gallery, and Head of Public Programmes at Tate Britain. She has also been Curator of Leighton House and Assistant Keeper at the Whitworth Art Gallery. She has published on many aspects of Victorian and early 20th century decoration and interiors.

Illustration: Wallpaper poster c 1890 Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester