Object in Focus. A Wallpaper Sandwich: Comfort in the Student Room in 19th-Century Cambridge

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2020-02-20

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Bloomsbury

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Book chapter

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Yes

Abstract

During renovations in the late 1990s, a ‘wallpaper sandwich’, made up of twelve preserved layers of wallpaper, was removed from the wall of a student room at Peterhouse College at the University of Cambridge. This sandwich, now in the collection of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture at Middlesex University, provides a tangible connection to the temporary domestic spaces created by the students at the college. Unique within the museum’s collections, these wallpapers were chosen, hung and lived with by generation after generation of students. The wallpapers salvaged from this discovery had been hung between 1795 and the twentieth century, and their designs are diverse. Together, these papers provide a microcosmic view of the tastes and domestic priorities of Cambridge students over two hundred years.

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wallpaper, material culture, university of cambridge, domesitc interior, nineteenth century, william morris

Citation

Dyer, S. (2021) Object in Focus. A Wallpaper Sandwich: Comfort in the Student Room in 19th-Century Cambridge. In: Jon Stobart (ed.), The Comforts of Home in Western Europe, 1700-1900 (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), pp. 208-213

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Institute of History