Historic Finishes

Historic Finishes Masterclass

SPAB/HRP Masterclass

19/11/2019 - 19/11/2019
Course Type: 
Introductory, Intermediate, General Interest, CPD
Hampton Court Palace
KT8 9AU, East Molesley
United Kingdom
Required Equipment: 

Suitable clothing for messy work; all other PPE will be provided on the day.


£195 per person, which includes a light lunch

Event details

19 November 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm

The SPAB have once again teamed up with Historic Royal Palaces to offer a programme of one-day masterclasses specialising in building conservation and repair. Combining lectures, practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops, these masterclasses are designed for those who are professionally involved with buildings (e.g. architects, surveyors, engineers, planners, builders, contractors, craftsmen and women). The masterclasses are recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

The aim of this masterclass is to consider how historic finishes are investigated and conserved - focusing on paint and wallpaper, and using the unique setting of Hampton Court Palace as a case study. Delegates will also gain experience of practical techniques during a hands-on workshop. 

Topics covered

Theory (using case studies)
Treatment of panelling
Types of finishes
Colour choices and sources of pigment
Making traditional paint
Paint sampling and analysis
Investigating and identifying historic wallpapers
Conservation of wallpaper
Recreating wallpaper schemes

Mixing traditional distemper
Joining and hand grounding wallpaper
Block printing and flocking

There will also be a walking tour of Hampton Court Palace to look at case studies and discuss past work.

Course tutors

Patrick Baty - Historical Paint Consultant 
Allyson McDermott- Historic Interiors Specialist

Please note: delegates will need to be prepared with suitable clothing for messy work; all other PPE will be provided on the day. 

See our booking T&Cs here.

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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