Events

William Morris and his workers at Merton Abbey

Thursday 22 October Archaeologist David Saxby will examine the the layout of Merton Abbey works and what was made there, and bring together the lives of those who worked for Morris & Co. including the young carpet weaving girls, tapestry boys and former Spitalfields weavers. David Saxby excavated the works in 1992. He is the author of William Morris at Merton, which he is […]

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Art & the Russian Revolution

Thursday 17 September This illustrated talk by designer Roger Huddle will explore the unfolding of the revolution during and after 1917. All elements of cultural life and practice were affected during this period of intense social turmoil and hope for the future. For a short period art attempted to merge with everyday life. In all areas of the arts developments took place that had […]

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Walk in the footsteps of William Morris

Sunday 9 August In the footsteps of William Morris Artist Linda Green will be our guide on this walk through Epping Forest. It will take a few hours. Meet Chigford Station (Liverpool Street line) at 1pm. Bring packed lunch. Later we will stop for tea and cake at High Beech Church. Please let Roger Huddle know […]

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Annual General Meeting

Friends of the William Morris Gallery ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Thursday 2 July 2015 at 7pm Acanthus Room, The William Morris Gallery Non-Friends are most welcome to attend as observers without voting rights. AGENDA Chair’s welcome David Mabb will speak on Morris and Art History Apologies for absence Minutes of AGM 2nd July 2014 – see note […]

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Music from Nowhere: Morris, Gustav Holst and the creation of music ‘by the people for the people

Tuesday 23 June Music professor Mike Roberts explores the personal relationship between William Morris and composer Gustav Holst, and discusses his own attempt to apply Morris’ artistic principles in composing, The News from Nowhere Fellowship Symphony. 7 for 7.30pm. £10/Friends of the William Morris Galley £5 To book contact: Roger Huddle

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Day trip to Standen

  Saturday 6 June James and Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location with views across the Sussex countryside for their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our trip this year will […]

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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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