Isle of Man Theatres and Arsenic

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Poisonous Victorian wallpaper

 

Many years ago I went on a guided tour of the Isle of Man’s finest theatre The Gaiety Theatre.  Of all the things that I remembered about the tour  was  the wall paper issue. I always wondered if this was a bit of an urban legend as we were told that the theatre wished to re-create the original wallpaper, and it needed  arsenic to get the right green.  Health and Safety turned the request down in case the theatre goers inadvertently licked the wallpaper !

The Telegraph published this article this weekend, it certainly was not an urban legend !

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/could-this-wallpaper-kill-you-victorian-britains-lethal-obsessio

By | 2017-02-26T17:02:35+00:00 October 9th, 2016|Creative, Design, Douglas Isle of Man|

About the Author:

Jane Hodson lives on the Isle of Man and is a registered tour guide with the Guild of Manx Registered Tour Guides. She arranges tours all over the island for small to large tours, and is a fully insured driver guide.

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