H&G Summer Series – Behind the scenes at the Victoria & Albert Museum, September 10

A hands-on discovery of all things wallpaper with V&A archivist Joanna Banham and the H&G editorial team

Our penultimate centenary event celebrating 100 years of Homes & Gardens brings us to the spiritual home of interior design, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. We have collaborated with the iconic museum to take you behind the scenes for an afternoon dedicated to wallpaper.

First, you’ll get the chance to explore the history of wallpaper since 1909, with a fascinating lecture by Joanna Banham. Joanna recently co-curated the V&A’s exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, and has extensively studied the development of wallpaper from earliest times to the present day.

Tickets on sale here: Design Classics: Wallpaper at the V&A with Homes & Gardens, £50pp, V&A Museum

Discover why the 1920s was ‘The Golden Age of Wallpaper’, and how recent advancements in technology are taking designs to a whole new level. Jo hopes to be able to justify that wallpapers can be viewed as a true ‘Decorative Art’, alongside ceramics, glassware and textiles.

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Next, you’ll have the opportunity to see some examples of archive pieces from the V&A . There are more that 500,000 items in the museum’s print collection, including several centuries’ worth of wallpapers. Expect to see Arts & Craft designs, papers from the inter-war years when there was a proliferation of pattern, and striking contemporary swatches.

The session will conclude with the H&G team sharing styling advice on how to incorporate these classic designs into contemporary room schemes. You’ll also have the chance to put together your own mood board, and we’ll provide all the materials you’ll need.

Event details: 2-5pm on 10th September 2019 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL.

This event is a must for interiors fans, whether you are a budding interior designer or simply have a passion for pattern. We hope you will go away with plenty of new-found knowledge and the inspiration that will kick-start your next decorating project.

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