Ayers House Museum

Looking up at Ayers House

Looking up at Ayers House

Looking up at Ayers House


The painted decoration at Ayers House is considered to be the finest in Australia. Created for Henry Ayers by eminent Scottish decorative artist Charles Gow in the 1870s, these works were lost for many years. Heritage conservation architect Dr Donald Ellsmore will introduce these magnificent works and explain their restoration.


About the speaker

Donald Ellsmore is a heritage conservation educator and specialist in architectural finishes. His interest in Victorian decorated interiors developed from work he undertook in the 1980s at some of Australia’s most significant heritage places. In 1993 he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy by the University of York for research focused on the transfer of artistic decorating skills from Britain to Australia in the late nineteenth century.

In recent research, based on the interior decorations at Ayers House, the origins of the Art Movement in Australia have been revealed. The research expands the body of knowledge about the artists who enriched the interiors of major Australian buildings during the Art Decorating phenomenon.


When and where:

Tuesday 18 April, 5:30pm

Ayers House Museum, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide



Adult: $15.00
Concession: $12.00
Member: $10.00

Bookings essential: Book your place here.

Contact: (08) 8223 1234, bookings@nullnationaltrustsa.org.au