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, strengthening flaking pigments and papers to reintroducing missing detail if appropriate.

If it is not feasible to retain the papers in their original setting we can rescue the paper for safe storage or display elsewhere. In some cases papers can be replaced in their original setting, if the support to which they were 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 reproduce directly from the evidence discovered within a building.

We currently hold an archive of the all the wallpapers salvaged from St. Pancras Chambers, The Former Midland Grand Hotel, London during its recent refurbishment. The University of Lincoln recognised the importance of retrieving this critical decorative history evidence from the building and also of wallpaper development and design. Consequently, a rescue attempt was launched by us 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 is currently undergoing a programme of conservation and restoration, due to open in Spring 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. Linda Sharpe 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.