October 2019

A Passion for Pattern: Victorian Wallpapers

Welcome to The Arts Society Halifax
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 12:45
Square Chapel, 10 Square Road Halifax HX1 1QG

Find out how new technology made wallpaper a commodity available to all but the most poor and the huge variety of designs available.

The Victorian period witnessed massive increases in the production of wallpaper - a product that had previously been a luxury item became a commodity that was available to all but the very poorest of homes.
It was also a time that saw the proliferation of different styles ranging from glamorous hand-printed French floral patterns, to the geometric designs of the Gothic Revival, to the innovative work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.
This lecture explores the impact of new technology and new designs, and discusses innovative features like Lincrusta Walton and Anaglypta, and the many different ways that wallpaper was used in the decoration of the Victorian home.


Ms Joanna Banham

Jo Banham is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer. From 2006-2016 she was Head of Adult Learning at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 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. She is currently curating an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement for the Juan March Fundacion in Madrid and the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya in Barcelona. She is also Director of the Victorian Society Summer School.