Precious paper

William Morris ceiling paper at Newark Park, Gloucestershire

We're champions for conservation. We spend many hours looking after what we've got and ensuring that it survives for others to enjoy long into the future.

When the King family lived in the house, they decorated many of the walls in William Morris paper. Today, the dining room is the only place where you can see it.

Designed in 1881, the ceiling paper was hand blocked and put up 17 years later. It's amazing to think that it's the same paper that's used in the banqueting hall at St. James' Palace in London.

Conservation work

In 2007, we gave this special wallpaper its first ever clean and repair.

Following the water leak in March 2018, the team of conservators have been working hard to make sure any risk of damage to the wallpaper is minimised.