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Paint, Paper and Plasterwork – The Decoration of the English Country House – Study Day

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our collection here at Weston represents one of the gems of English country house collections.  Yet, like any important piece of jewellery, the setting is in many cases just as important as the stone at its centre.  At Weston a roll-call of influential names from English design history have been engaged with the House and its collections including the architects James Paine, William Burn, John MacVicar Anderson, celebrated craftsmen including Morel & Hughes, Thomas Chippendale, the Gobelins tapestry manufacturer, Gillows of Lancaster and interior designers including John Fowler, Guy Elwes and a number of other decorators employed by the Weston Park Foundation.

Join us for this fascinating day where we metaphorically strip away the layers of decoration in the English country house and consider the decorating legacies that have rendered Weston the stunning house that it is today.  In addition to sessions examining general country house decoration and specific schemes which have been used in the House there will also be the chance to look at recent refurbishments including two bedrooms which will have been decorated in January 2015.

Discovery Day Itinerary: 

10.30am: Coffee on arrival

11.00am: Talk in the Auditorium focusing on country house decoration through the ages by Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning to the Weston Park Foundation

12noon: Session with mood boards and designs for the House illustrating the development of the House’s decoration over the last hundred years

12.45pm Two-course lunch followed by coffee

2.15pm Guided tour of the House, focusing on the decoration of each room and the display of the collection within it

4pm Depart

£55.00 per person

Places are limited and pre-booking is required.

To book your place please call 01952 852100 or e-mail: enquiries@weston-park.com


Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Weston Park
Weston Park, Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire TF11 8LE United Kingdom
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