Events

Eleanor Marx: Feminist & Socialist pioneer

Thursday 5 February 2015  |  A talk by Rachel Holmes  In her biography of the daughter of Karl Marx, Rachel Holmes uncovers a woman unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free. Eleanor Marx is, along with William Morris, at the epicentre of the birth of Socialism in Britain. A pioneer of feminism, trade union organisation and socialist […]

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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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Pre-Raphelite Women

Wednesday 22 October  |  A talk by Lucinda Hawksley Lucinda will look at the female artists, models and muses who lived in and around the Pre-Raphaelite movement. This talk will explore what it was like to be a woman in mid-19th-century London and how the lives of the women who moved in the artistic world differed from […]

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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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Visit to the Red House

Saturday 26 April Iconic Arts and Crafts home of William Morris – writer, artist, craftsman and socialist The only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. When it was completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as ‘the beautifullest place […]

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