Crown Wallpaper collection

Scope and Content

Crown Wallpaper Archive, comprising 5,000 wallpaper samples and pattern books, early 1950s-late 1960s.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1899 a large number of wallpaper firms came together under the umbrella title of 'Wallpaper Manufacturers' (WPM) and subsequently some of their products were sold under the trademark 'Crown'. The archive therefore consists largely of wallpaper pattern books by a variety of manufacturers, collected as part of the group's working records.

Access Information

Archival material is open for consultation in the Study Room Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, by appointment with the staff of the museum, subject to conservation status of the material concerned.

Acquisition Information

Given by Crown Wallpapers in 1989.

Other Finding Aids

Part of the collection is catalogued and available on-line via the website

Separated Material

The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester holds related collections of wallpapers and wallpaper pattern books from the 19th and 20th centuries, by WPM and other manufacturers.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction of material is at the discretion of the curator.