Events

Philip Webb: True Friend & Pioneering Genius of Architecture & Design

Tuesday 5 May This talk will examine Webb’s work as an architect and designer focusing principally on Red House and Standen and on his wide circle of friends, most notably William Morris. Morris described Philip Webb as ‘the best man he ever knew’ and from their youthful meeting at G.E.Street’s architectural practice, to the designing […]

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Day trip to Kelmscott Manor

Saturday 18 April Kelmscott Manor was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this ‘loveliest haunt of ancient peace’. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the […]

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William Morris Birthday Lecture

Tuesday 24 March John Henry Dearle a talk by Natalia Martynenko-Hunt. John Henry Dearle could be described as Morris’s most loyal pupil and follower who dedicated his entire life to Morris & Co. This talk will focus on the artist’s family history, his work for the Firm and beyond, and his newly discovered reminiscences of […]

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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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