Wallpapers

The use of proven research based techniques allows us to clean, repair or replicate wallpapers and wall coverings found in all historic buildings.

The professional wallpaper conservation service offered by Lincoln Conservation aims to preserve historic wallpapers in situ. This may involve, cleaning and repairing, consolidating flaking or powdering pigments and strengthening papers and reintroducing missing detail, if appropriate.

 

If it is not feasible to retain the papers in their original setting we can retrieve the paper for safe archival storage or display elsewhere. In some cases, papers can be replaced in their original setting, if once the support to which they were originally bonded has been suitably repaired.

 

For those clients wishing to present an historic interior, early wallpapers may be replicated either to complement an earlier decorative scheme, or faithfully reproduced directly from the evidence discovered within a building.

 

We currently hold an archive of all the wallpapers salvaged from St. Pancras Chambers, The Former Midland Grand Hotel, London, salvaged during its recent refurbishment. The University of Lincoln recognised the importance of retrieving this crucial evidence of decorative history from the building and also of wallpaper development and design in a wider context. Consequently, a rescue attempt was undertaken to retrieve all the wallpaper fragments possible, before the building work began. The papers retrieved range from those used in the early 1870’s decorative schemes to those applied in the first quarter of the 1970’s.

 

We have recently retrieved 25 layers of wallpaper from the cegin at Yr Ysgwrn (home of the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn) for the Snowdonia National Park Authority. This remarkable farmhouse and associated buildings recently underwent a programme of conservation and restoration, opening in 2017. The layers of wallpaper were separated, cleaned and catalogued prior to being mounted and bound in a book for display.

 

The conservation issues surrounding these wallpapers informed the MA research undertaken by Dr Lynda Skipper for the University of Lincoln. This archive has subsequently expanded to include wallpapers from other buildings throughout the UK and we welcome the inclusion of further noteworthy pieces.