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Symposium Historisch Papierbehang

Historic Wallpaper Symposium Symposium: 26 October 2012

From the RKD website,, 27 August 2012

On Friday 26 October the RKD is organising a symposium on historic wallpapers in collaboration with The Foundation for Historic Wallpapers and Wallcoverings in The Netherlands (SHBW). The event will mark the twentieth anniversary of the SHBW, which holds an important collection of mainly old wallpapers. The SHBW has done a great deal to increase our awareness and understanding of historic wallpapers. However, there is still much we can learn from and about them.

Speakers from The Netherlands and elsewhere will discuss the beauty and rich history of period wallpapers emphasizing that they are an essential tool for researching the history of buildings. Consecutive layers of wallpaper can be read as the ‘tree rings’ of a building: not only do they provide information about its architectural history, they also tell us about the people that lived there. The sharp increase in knowledge resulting from recent research means that new developments are taking place.

This jubilee symposium is a must for anyone working in the field of cultural heritage preservation, from architectural and construction historians to interior decoration and colour historians, conservators, civil servants responsible for listed buildings, museum professionals and anyone else interested in historic wallpaper.

The day will end in the Museum Meermanno, which is home to two of the country’s oldest wallpapers that can still be seen in situ. The final drinks party will also be held here.


Date and time

Friday 26 October 2012, 9.30-17.00


Auditorium of the RKD (KB building) Prins Willem Alexanderhof 5, The Hague
Museum Meermanno, Prinsessegracht 30, The Hague


Participation costs €55 (students: €25)

Online registration form (in Dutch)

Please note that your registration will only be effected once we have received the participation fee in full into the following account: 50.76.40. Please put ‘For the attention of The Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague’, and add your name and ‘Historic Wallpaper Symposium’.


E: (requests for an invoice for the participation fee should also be sent to this address)