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The Friends of the William Morris Gallery

News & Events

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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William Morris birthday lecture: ‘A new road on which the world should travel’ John Ruskin, ‘The Nature of Gothic’ and William Morris

Sunday 23 March 2014 at 3pm William Morris Gallery a talk by Clive Wilmer The pivotal chapter of John Ruskin’s The Stones of Venice is a long digression ‘On the Nature of Gothic’. Medieval culture, says Ruskin, cared more for ‘the individual value of every soul’ than modern culture with its regimented wage-slaves. That value […]

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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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Annual General Meeting, 2 July 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Friends will take place on Tuesday 2 July at 7.pm for 7.30pm in the Acanthus Room at the William Morris Gallery. In addition to the formal proceedings, David Mabb, Reader in Art and Course Leader in Postgraduate Studies in Art Practice at Goldsmith College, London, who has mounted the current exhibition […]

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Join the Friends at beautiful Standen

Tickets are still available for the Friends’ 25th anniversary picnic on Saturday, June 22, at Standen in Sussex. Book soon to ensure a place on the coach! Standen, a late Victorian family house, is a gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement, hidden at the end of a quiet lane with breathtaking views over the […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Gallery named Museum of the Year

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The William Morris Gallery has this evening been named Museum of the Year 2013 in the annual Art Fund awards. The honour comes with a prize of £100,000. At the awards ceremony in the V&A, the judges said that the Gallery “set the highest standards of curatorship, and reaches out impressively to its local community, […]

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