1999: Kelmarsh Hall 1926-1954; The Presentation of Historic Houses before and after the Second World War

Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton

The conference and workshop was organised in collaboration with the Kelmarsh Hall Preservation Trust.

The house and grounds of Kelmarsh Hall provided a beautiful location for the Forum’s Fifth Annual Conference. The interiors of the Hall, last decorated by Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler, served as a focus point for a wider discussion of the presentation of historic houses before and after the Second World War. The two-day conference discussed decorative painting techniques and the materials used and the legacy of the period on today’s historic interiors.

-Introduction to Kelmarsh Hall, Phillip Hartley & Peter Scott
-The Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler Objective, Peter Hood
-‘As it might have been but never was’ – English Country House Style, Louise Ward
-The Kelmarsh Craftsmen of the 1950’s, Marienne Suhr
-The Kelmarsh Conservation Plan, George Feruson
-An Investigation of the Painted Decoration at Kelmarsh, Ian Bristow
-Conservation Legislation, Ian Bristow
-The Signifigance of John Fowler – Discussion
-Practical Demonstrations: Jim Smart and Owen Turville
-Video – ‘Nancy Lancaster’

20 November 1999
-The Recreation of the Plasterwork , Jeff Orton
-Materials of the Period – Today’s Options, Patrick Baty
-An Introduction to the Practical Sessions, Alan Gardner
-Practial Sessions
-Materials and Techniques used by John Fowler Greenings of Donaster
-Concluding discussion led by Ian Bristow