Historic Decoration

Study the history of interior design at the Duke of Northumberland's London home

  • Learn about the many and varied aspects of British interior design

  • Explore the challenges facing owners today and the secrets of restoration

  • Absorb the beauty of one of the world's finest interiors: Robert Adam's spectacular sequence of rooms designed for the 1st Duke of Northumberland

  • Stroll through Syon House, a secluded gem set in parkland only eight miles from the centre of London, on the banks of the River Thames

  • Enjoy a two-course lunch in the Kitchen Garden Restaurant, followed in due time by afternoon tea in the Green Drawing Room

Experts leading the study days include

  • Interior designer Lady Caroline Percy, sister of the Duke of Northumberland, consultant on art and antiques, and founder of Hotspur Design

  • Patrick Baty, expert on paint whose projects have ranged from the heraldic beasts of King Henry VIII to wartime RAF stations and Baroque churches

  • Stephen Calloway, curator, art historian and writer whose work for the V&A Museum included exhibitions on Rex Whistler and 'The Cult of Beauty'

  • Allyson McDermott, one of the world's top authorities on conserving and 
    recreating wallpaper, working with the National Trust and Houses of Parliament

  • Mark Sutton Vane, a foremost expert on lighting who has worked on projects as varied as the London Olympics in 2012 and Hampton Court Palace

Study days cost £180 ($240), including two-course lunch and afternoon tea