I think this will rate as the most bizarre video I’ve watched all week, despite it only being Wednesday. It’s a compilation of wallpaper over 300 years…no don’t click the back button, stay with me!
Wallpaper provides a fascinating insight into our social history. From Chinese hand-printed wood block patterns to William Morris designs and the crazy 70’s patterns you may have grown up with on your bedroom wall, (or flock in my case), the methods and materials used in production reveal a wealth about how we regarded our homes and personal status over the centuries.
The conservation of wallpaper can be technically very challenging. Aside from scale, it must take into account the wall structure and the effects of the properties and ageing tendencies of the building materials on the paper and pigments.