4th Annual Conference at Eltham Palace, London
on Friday 6th November 1998
'Paint in the Jazz Age
Preparations are in hand for our fourth annual conference, based this year at Eltham Palace, London, where Edward IV's Great Hall survives from the late fifteenth century, together with architecturally important scheme of rebuilding from the 1930's carried out by the Courtauld family.

The subject of the conference will be traditional paint of the early twentieth century, a period when manufacturing changes and technology meant paints based on lead and zinc gradually gave way to titanium based materials, and new coating techniques were introduced.

The conference aims to bring together speakers on paint manufacture and specification, with those knowledgeable on the decorative influences of the period. There will be an opportunity to see at first hand the current project being undertaken by English Heritage to conserve and present the surviving 1930's interiors at Eltham and learn about principles involved in the work.

Membership renewals are now due, and you are all encouraged to continue your valuable support for the work of the Forum. The Forum can only continue with renewed support from members, which will enable it to move forward in it's campaign for the better understanding and appreciation of traditional paint. The success of the last annual conference at Syon Park and the putting together of a comprehensive journal took up a great deal of the committee's time, all of it voluntary. In order to keep moving forward the committee are in the process of setting up a number of technical days, to reinforce the Forum's constitutional aims. And to address associated issues affecting the use of paints.

Plans already include three technical days to follow this years annual conference, around Spring 1999, dealing with the following subjects:

-Traditional Paint Manufacture - materials and processes at a practical level (workshop based)
-Historic Paint Analysis -An overview of principles, writing a brief , specifications for paint analysis and tendering advice
-Paint Colour -Pigments and their use in paint

This years annual journal will be ready for the beginning of November, as last year, and will contain articles written by members of the Forum, and committee members. It is intended that the high standard set by last years journal, edited by Patrick Baty, will be matched both in the variety of subjects covered and the quality of presentation.

If any members would like to write anything for the journal, please get in touch with the Journal Editor.

Fig. I. --Skeleton elevation of smutch-can,
A, Inner can,
B, Outer can.
C. Mouth ()f inner
Sketch of a 'SMUDGE Pot' from W Pearle
"Painting and Decorating' 1897

"Whitewashing the Piazza' by TPF member John Sutcliffe, 1997
© John Sutcliffe


Hon.Secretary: Una Richards, Simpson & Brown Architects, 179 Canongate, Edinburgh, ER8 8BN
Journal Editor: Patrick Baty, Papers and Paints Ltd,4 Park Walk, Chelsea, London, W10 OAD

Please Note: SMUDGE is a regular news and information supplement to the annual journal TRADITONAL PAINT NEWS. Each issue of SMUDGE is written, in turn, by a member of The Traditional Paint Forum, subject tothe control of the Committee. The information is provided in good faith. It is not necessarily the view of other members of the Forum; it is offered only as a contribution to the ongoing debate.

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