Blog Archives

Untangling the Yarns – from Lancashire to Bangladesh

Thursday 8 January 2015  |  Artists talk by Alke Schmidt Artist Alke Schmidt discusses how the social costs of the global textile industry past and present inspired the ‘Tangled Yarns’ exhibition. Schmidt is visual artist whose work combines beautiful form with challenging subject matter, often making connections between current events and history.  ‘Tangled Yarns’ was specially commissioned for […]

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Ernest Gimson and William Morris: the making of an Arts & Crafts designer

Thursday 11 December  |  A talk by Mary Greensted Ernest Gimson (1865-1919) was one of the most inspiring and influential architect-designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Nikolaus Pevsner saw the inspiration of William Morris in his work and described him as ‘the greatest of the English artist-craftsmen’ in his Pioneers of Modern Design, first published […]

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Annual General Meeting

FRIENDS OF WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY Wednesday 2 July  2014 at 7 p.m. At William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, E17 4PP Agenda 1.    Chair’s welcome 2.    Guest speaker Anna Mason, Gallery and Archive Manager, on future plans 3.    Apologies for absence 4.    Minutes of AGM held on 2 July 2013 (available at the meeting) […]

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William Morris and the First World War

Thursday 19 June, 7.30pm a talk by Tony Pinkney Education Secretary Michael Gove’s comments on World War One have made it a hot political topic in its centenary year.  This talk opens by evoking May Morris’s experiences and reflections during the war years, and then turns to the analysis of imperialism, war and violence in […]

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The Heroic Labour of Frank Brangwyn

a talk by Tim Barringer William Morris employed the young Frank Brangwyn in the early 1880s as a glazier, later encouraging him to explore a range of craft practices including embroidery, inlay work and wallpapers. Throughout his life, Brangwyn, like the Arts and Crafts Movement designer and artist Walter Crane, refused to be limited to […]

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View Adam and Eve at Red House

Book now if you would like to enjoy a coach trip with the Friends on Saturday, April 26, to Red House in Kent, the first marital home of William and Jane Morris. This will be our first opportunity to view the fantastic mural depicting Biblical characters which was uncovered when a fitted wardrobe and layers […]

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Tony Benn and the William Morris Gallery

The death of  Tony Benn has reminded many Friends of the William Morris Gallery of his stalwart support in 2007 when the future of the Gallery was in doubt. He expressed his views in an exclusive interview in February of  that year with Sarah Cosgrove, a senior reporter on the Waltham Forest Guardian. Here are […]

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Gallery nominated for European award

The William Morris Gallery is in celebratory mood after being nominated for Europe’s longest running and most prestigious museum prize. The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) recognises less well-known museums with a unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and a creative approach to education. The winner will be chosen at an event in Tallinn next […]

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A song for William

Folk singer Reg Meuross will be presenting a song he has written about William Morris during his concert – My Name is London Town – on Saturday, September 28, at St James’ Church, 197 Piccadilly. Reg, who has performed at Walthamstow Folk Club, will accompanied by special guests including Jess Vincent from The Penny Red […]

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Calling aspiring young photographers!

Young people interested in photography have an exciting opportunity next week to explore the subject and enhance their skills, thanks to the William Morris Gallery. There are still a few places on a free four-day course – from Tuesday to Friday, August 20 to 24 – so act now to snap them up. The project […]

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