We are delighted to announce that our partnership project with the Emery Walker Trust, Arts and Crafts Hammersmith, has secured £631,100 from Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will start in spring 2015 and includes improvements to our buildings, conservation, educational and participation activities. Fundraising for the final £150,000 continues and more news is to come in the new year. The media release can be downloaded here.
How We Might Live: William Morris’s Socialism
1 November 2014 – 31 January 2015
Preview Reception 1.11.14 16.00 – 18.00
Opening on the same day as the 2014 Kelmscott Lecture on Saturday 1st November
William Morris & Me: Jeremy Deller
Morris joined the Democratic Federation, soon to be renamed the Social-Democratic Federation, in January 1883, and from then until his death in 1896 he propagandised and agitated ceaselessly for the Socialist cause. The Coach House of Morris’s beautiful riverside Hammersmith home became an iconic meeting place for Socialists, a place where every Socialist leader must have spoken.
In this historic location the WMS presents How We Might Live: William Morris’s Socialism, an exhibition that highlights his important contribution to the Socialist movement in the late 19th century and his enduring influence thereafter.
Unless otherwise stated:
• Events are at Kelmscott House starting 2.15 pm.
• Tickets: members, £6; non-members, £8; students £4
Applications for tickets should be sent to the WMS office – address at the bottom of this page. Stamped addressed envelopes should accompany all postal bookings.
The pre-booking of tickets for all events is strongly advised. Our historic Coach House lecture room has limited seating capacity and if you attend without booking beforehand you risk being turned away.
Saturday, 31st January at 2.15pm
Photographing the Hammersmith Socialist League
The photograph of the HSL includes Morris and daughters Jenny and May. Despite being widely
reproduced in publications about Morris and socialism, the photograph’s history has been largely unknown. This talk will identify for the first time when and where it was taken, by whom and its context, as well as discussing its continuing fascination and significance.
Martin Stott is Chair of the William Morris Society.
Saturday, 7th February at 2.15pm
Setting Morris’s Lyrics to New Music
Darren Hayman is an independent musician who has made nearly 20 albums over the past 15 years. He is known mainly for the cult, folk/rock group Hefner who were championed greatly by the late John Peel. For the past three years Darren has worked on an album ‘Chants for Socialists’ where he set William Morris’s political lyrics to contemporary music. The resulting
album was recorded in three of Morris’s homes, incorporated his own piano and the sleeves were printed on Morris’s Albion press. Darren will sing the songs acoustically, talk briefly and hold a Q&A session.
Saturday, 21st February at 2.15pm
A Special Relationship: Philip Webb and the Morris
William Morris described the architect, Philip Webb, as ‘the best man he ever knew’. This talk will focus on Webb’s close relationship with Morris and his immediate family as evidenced in his letters. Webb died in April 1915 and the centenary will be commemorated in December 2015 by the publication of a 4-volume collection of his letters edited by John Aplin who holds research
degrees in historical musicology from the Universities of Wales and Reading. He published major new biographical studies of Thackeray and his family in 2011.
Wednesday, 4th March at 2-3pm
Visit to Modern Art Oxford
Modern Art Oxford presents ‘Love is Enough’, a major exhibition of work by William Morris and Andy Warhol curated by Jeremy Deller. Occupying all of the galleries at Modern Art Oxford, ‘Love is Enough’ draws together works from public and private collections in the UK and
North America including several loans from the William Morris Society. These include the epic and rarely seen Holy Grail tapestries completed by Morris in 1896, a selection of Warhol’s iconic silkscreens, archival material from the Warhol Museum in New York and a signed photograph of Shirley Temple posted to a thirteen-year old Andy from the actress in 1941. Ciara Moloney, the curator of exhibitions & projects, will lead a private tour of the exhibition for William
Morris Society members. Meet in front the gallery main entrance at 13:45.
Saturday, 21st March at 2.15pm
Utopian Dreams and the Nature of Work: Ruskin, Morris and the Guild of St George
Following the recent publication of a monograph on the Guild of St George, this talk will consider the roots, work, and consequences of Ruskin’s Utopian (mis) adventures; compare Ruskin’s curious mixture of authoritarian and radical politics to Morris’s Ruskinian socialism; and compare the two men’s approaches to labour and crafts. Mark Frost is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth. Having published widely on Ruskin he remains affiliated, but is also pursuing interests in the environment and the pastoral in
Dickens, Jefferies, Morris, Orwell and others. The talk will be followed by our celebration of William Morris’s birthday with cake and wine.
Saturday, 18th April at 2.15pm
William Morris and his Workers at Merton
This talk will explore William Morris’s works at Merton Abbey from 1881 to 1940. It will examine the layout of the works and what was made there and will bring together the lives of those who worked for Morris & Co. including the young carpet weaving girls, tapestry boys and former Spitalfields weavers. Archaeologist David Saxby excavated Morris’s works in 1992. He is the author of William Morris at Merton which he is currently rewriting to include new research.
Saturday, 16th May at 2.15pm
Annual General Meeting
This year our AGM will take place at the Society
premises at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith.
Talk following meeting– speaker tbc.
Saturday, 6th June at 2.15pm
Of Marxes and Morrises
William Morris started reading Karl Marx when the economist’s firebrand daughter Eleanor was in her 20s; by her 30s William & Eleanor worked together at the forefront of radical British politics and May Morris had become Eleanor’s close personal friend. Rachel Holmes
tells the story of how their passions influenced modern British life.
Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life. Her other books include biographies about Dr James Barry and Saartjie Baartman, ‘The Hottentot Venus.’
Saturday, 13th June 2pm till 5pm
Joy and Jock Birney (who live in the main part of Kelmscott House) are once again generously opening their garden and house to members and their guests for the afternoon. Tours of the main house for small groups will be available. Refreshments will be served.
£7 members, £9 non-members.
Sunday, 14th June 11am till 5pm
We will be participating in the Open Gardens weekend
by inviting visitors to view the gardens at Kelmscott
House as well to look around as the WMS Museum.
• Your participation at any event is at your own risk. The Society cannot accept any liability for injury, loss, or damage.
• Direct level access is available to the Coach House where talks take place. The rest of our
premises have limited wheelchair access.
• The Society reserves the right to cancel, alter, or postpone any events, as it may consider expedient or necessary.
• Refunds will only be offered if a cancellation or postponement is made by the Society.
In this exciting partnership project between William Morris Society and Emery Walker Trust, we aim to bring the lives, influences and work of these two remarkable men to a wider audience. The project involves essential repairs and renovations to Walker’s house at 7 Hammersmith Terrace and improvements to allow much greater public access to this amazing interior and its collections; improvements to storage and important archives and their access at Kelmscott House; and a whole range of participatory and volunteering initiatives and activities. The spirit of these two men and their work and passions given pride of place – at the heart of their homes in Hammersmith.
With generous development support from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and The Tanner Trust, the project is nearing the end of its detailed planning phase. In September 2014 we submit final plans to HLF for major funds and, once approved, we aim to embark upon this thrilling adventure in spring 2015.
To know more about the project and the opportunities it holds, please contact project manager Simon Daykin at email@example.com. More information as the project unfolds will appear here. Information on 7 Hammersmith Terrace and Emery Walker can be found here.