Talks & Events

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Please say if Friend of Gallery or not.

Sunday 24 March

William Morris Birthday lecture

William Morris and his Palace of Art: Architecture, Interiors and Design at Red House

a talk by Tessa Wild: Red House is the only house commissioned by William Morris and the first independent architectural work of his close friend, Philip Webb. Morris moved there as a young man of 26, with an independent income and a head brimming with ideas and the persistent question of 'how best to live? Red House, together with its Pre-Raphaelite garden, stands as the physical embodiment of his exuberant spirit, youthful ambition, passionate medievalism, creativity and great sense of possibility. This talk will re-consider the inspiration it provided for the founding of 'the Firm' of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (later Morris & Co.), in 1861, and the vital collaboration of Webb, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and their intimate circle in realising Morris's dream for his house.

Tessa Wild is a curator and writer specialising in the nineteenth century. She was curator of Red House from its acquisition by the National Trust in 2003 until 2015, during which time she led a major research programme on the house.

3.00pm at One Hoe Street, London E17 (Bell Corner)

Tickets: £10. Friends of the William Morris Gallery £5 (Price includes slice of birthday cake). Book by Eventbite


Saturday 6 April

Henrietta’s Dream: Arts and Crafts in Hampstead Garden Suburb

a guided walk with Marilyn Greene

Hampstead Garden Suburb was the idea of Henrietta Barnett, wife of Cannon Barnett, the vicar of St Jude’s Whitechapel where they both became aware of extreme poverty, overcrowding and the affects of alcohol on the lives of the poor. In 1896 Henrietta heard of plans to extend the railway to the fields of Golders Green, that lay beyond her Hampstead home. To protect the land she purchased it to create the Hampstead Heath extension. Surrounding this she appointed architects Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin to plan a Garden Suburb for all classes. This was to be a newly planned development with different types of housing, greens, tennis courts, allotments and preserved woodland – an antithesis to the life she had experienced in the East End.

Our walk traces the early history and development of Hampstead Garden Suburb and includes walking through part of the Hampstead Heath Extension, Central Square with its two Grade 1 churches by Edwin Luytens and the original Artisans Quarter designed from 1907 by Parker and Unwin, aimed at bringing affordable rented housing, with fresh air and space, to the working classes.

Marilyn Greene, is a qualified museum professional and guide with over 20 years of experience in the heritage sector.

Meet 11am outside Golders Green Underground Station

Tickets £10 inclusive. Booking essential here


Saturday 4 May

Visit to Red House

9am at the William Morris Gallery and 9.15am Walthamstow Central Station

Friends of the WMG £25 (NT members £15) non Friends £30 (NT members £20)

Booking essential here (please state if member of Friends).


Tuesday 4 June

Visit to Stanley Spencer Museum, Cookham [TBC]