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The British Murals Network aims to organise at least two events a year, enabling researchers, curators and heritage professionals  with an interest in murals - who are often working on their own - to get together, swap notes and ask each other questions. These events will be held at locations across the UK - usually either at an historic house or at a museum with a relevant collection of drawings or designs for mural schemes. 


We will also post news of seminars, conferences and publications  about murals - in the UK and also elsewhere in Europe - to provide a comprehensive diary for all research and events concerning British murals. 



Research Day:

‘The Future of Country House Studies’

Michael Bentley will deliver a talk on mural painting as part of this University of Buckingham seminar on 13 April 2021. Those interested in attending should email

Free online talk

Lydia Hamlett's talk 'Experiencing Histories' is available to watch for free on the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, website.

Register your interest here


New Publications

We are pleased to announce the arrival of two new books and three new articles on the subject of British baroque murals!

Lydia HamlettMural Painting in Britain 1630-1730: Experiencing Histories

Order via the Routledge website

Anya Lucas, Richard Johns, Sophie Stewart, Stephen Paine, The Painted Hall: Sir James Thornhill's Masterpiece at Greenwich

Order via the Merrell website

Cécile Brett, 'The Apotheosis of Queen Anne by Antonio Verrio', British Art Journal, XX, 3.
Order via the
BAJ website

Laurel O. Peterson, 'A New Golden Age: Politics and Mural Painting at Chatsworth', Journal 18, issue 9 (Spring 2020)

Available online at

Jeremy Barker, 'Sir James Thornhill and the Painting of The Ascension in the Queen's College Chapel, Oxford, Sherborne House Occasional Papers no.4

Order via
The Friends of Sherborne House website


British Murals Network:
Walking Tour and Study Day
at Chatsworth in Derbyshire

27 April 2020


The Rubens Ceiling at the Banqueting House, Whitehall

10 June 2019
A one-day symposium showcasing the results of recent technical investigations to understand and develop methods to preserve and present the ceiling's paintings and decorative scheme.

Above and Beyond: Ceiling Painting
in the History of Art

27 June 2019

A one-day symposium at The Frick Collection, New York, in support of the exhibition 'Tiepolo in Milan'

(16 April - 14 July 2019).

Music and the Arts in England, c1670-1750

27-29 June 2019
An international and interdisciplinary conference at the University of Hamburg.

Lisa Hopkins & Crosby Stevens, 'The Green World of the 17th century', a talk on the High Great Chamber at Hardwick Hall and the Elysium Closet at Bolsover Castle
 15 October 2019, 7pm
The Peak Theatre,
Sheffield Hallam University


British Murals Network:
Baroque Murals in London

19 February 2018

Walking tours of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and the Banqueting House, Whitehall

British Murals Network
at Hampton Court Palace

23 October 2017

British Murals Network
at the Painted Hall, Greenwich

28 April 2017

Murray Edwards College,
University of Cambridge,

16 September 2016
British Murals Network Seminar

British Murals Network:

Walking Tour and Study Day
at Boughton House in Northamptonshire

18 January 2019

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