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The  annual conference of the Traditional Paint Forum is a great way of staying in touch with fellow professionals and keeping up to date with the latest research in the field.

You can also explore the archive of our past conferences here.

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Upcoming Events

PAINTED FURNITURE AT THE V&A: From William Morris To The Omega Workshops

Date: Thursday, February 20th 2020 at 1830

Venue: Donald Insall Associates, 12 Devonshire Street, London WIG 7AB

Drawing on the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Max Donnelly will discuss the role of painted decoration in furniture from the 1850s to the early twentieth century. Beginning with furniture designed by William Burges he will go on to consider furniture painted by William Morris and his circle, ‘Art’ furniture, and finally objects decorated by Arts and Crafts practitioners and by members of the Omega Workshops.

Max Donnelly

Max Donnelly is Curator of Nineteenth-Century Furniture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he is a member of the Curatorial Concept Team planning new international nineteenth-century galleries. Recent publications include a chapter on furniture for the monograph, C.F.A. Voysey: Arts and Crafts Designer (V&A Publishing, 2016). He is a trustee of the Emery Walker Trust and the Decorative Arts Society.

Past Events

Friday 22nd February, 1pm - 5pm

Members only event to visit the studio of Croxford and Saunders Ltd.











Thursday 27th September 2018 @ Donald Insall Associates

This is a discussion for everyone involved in Architectural Paint Research; practitioners, local authorities, heritage bodies, conservation architects, and private clients.

The discipline is now an accepted part of the planning process, but it is beset by problems; a lack of agreed standards, little training for practitioners, misunderstanding of the discipline by planning officers, imprecise briefs. How do we improve matters?’





Friday 29th June 2018

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Thursday 22nd March 2018 @ Donald Insall Associates

We had a fascinating evening lecture by Patrick Baty on 22 March. Patrick explained why several people have referred to him as ‘The Paint Detective’.

Amongst notable examples, Patrick spoke of a house, with discreet Royal connections, where he could prove that a pair of doors had come from a long-demolished building, hundreds of miles away.

He also provided an update on work at Stowe and described the finding of a hidden mural in the Chelsea house owned by the painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler.



Friday 23rd June 2017 @ Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

TPF members and guests met in the serene classical surroundings of Wren’s Naval Hospital buildings at Greenwich to view the conservation of Sir James Thornhill’s ceiling paintings in the Painted Hall.









Friday 26th May 2017

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Thursday 23rd March 2017 @ Donald Insall Associates London office













Thursday 11th August 2016 @ Donald Insall Associates London office













Traditional Paint Forum provides a discussion and information platform but does not promote or endorse any individual company, product or process.