Opportunity: Newsletter Editor

The William Morris Society is looking for a new editor for its newsletter. The quarterly 32-page newsletter is our main means of communicating with our membership. It contains an eclectic range of news, from updates on the Society’s activities and Morris-related events to short articles on all aspects of Morris’s life and work.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to bring fresh ideas to the newsletter editorship in our 60th anniversary year. We are looking for an individual with a passion to communicate all aspects of Morris’s life and works and a proven knowledge of publishing in both traditional and electronic media. The editor will be invited to attend the meetings of the Society’s Board of Trustees, which will provide a fascinating insight into the wider workings of the Society.

The editorship is an unpaid post, but travel and subsistence costs to attend committee meetings and other out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

For more information please contact admin@williammorrissociety.org.uk

2015 – Our Diamond Jubilee Year

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.

Please find the PDF version to download at your convenience here:
WMS Programme July to December 2015

Saturday, 5th September 10am-5pm
William Morris in the 21st century
Symposium at the Birmingham and Midland
Institute, Birmingham
This symposium, to be chaired by the Society’s president Jan Marsh, will examine various aspects of Morris’s legacy. The aftermath of the general election provides a very appropriate opportunity to explore Morris’s political ideas and their contemporary relevance. Ruth Levitas, a former chair of the Society, looks at the election from a Morrisian standpoint, whilst Tony Pinkney re-assesses Morris’s Marxism. The significant increase in both votes and membership for the Green Party suggests that environmental issues are very much on people’s minds, and Patrick O’Sullivan will speak on William Morris and nature. Education is always politically controversial and Owen Holland, the new editor of the Society’s Journal, re-examines Morris’s views on education. The event will be held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham, in close proximity to the Birmingham Art Gallery, where Jeremy Deller’s exhibition Love is Enough is currently on show. There will be time for participants to attend the exhibition during the lunch break, but in the symposium itself David Mabb will speak about his forthcoming exhibition at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, which celebrates the utopian ideas of Morris and the Russian artist El Lissitzky through their
seminal book designs.
Buffet lunch (no dietary specifications possible) can be provided at the Birmingham Art Gallery, or participants may make their own arrangements. We encourage participants to join us for lunch at the gallery, which will provide an excellent opportunity for informal discussions and exchange of ideas.
The Society hopes that the location of the event in the heart of the country
will enable a greater number of people to take part in this exciting jubilee event.
Tickets: Symposium £30
To purchase tickets or for further information please contact the office at Kelmscott House – admin@williammorrissociety.org.uk
Tickets can also be purchased via our Eventbrite page (subject to booking fee)

Saturday, 12th September at 2.15pm
New Visual identity of The William Morris Society
Angus Hyland
We are unveiling an exciting new visual identity for the Society, created by Angus Hyland at Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy. Angus’s talk will explain the process, concept and execution of this identity, which you will see rolled out to all of the Society’s print and digital publications during the 60th year. It will also look at Pentagram more widely, offering a glimpse into the agency behind some of world’s most iconic brands. Angus is a graphic designer, Pentagram partner and Creative Director at Laurence King. His clients include Mulberry, EAT, Cass Art and Penguin. Angus’s work has been widely published and exhibited and has received over one hundred creative awards including five D&AD silvers and the Grand Prix from the Scottish Design Awards.

Saturday/Sunday 19/20th September 11am–5pm
Open House London
We once again participate in London’s annual Open House weekend. Please note that the Society’s premises are in the coach house and basement. Kelmscott House itself is privately owned and not open to the public. If you can help us greet our visitors and serve refreshments please contact our Curator, Helen Elletson at WMS office, details on reverse.

Saturday, 26th September 11 am–12pm
Thames Festival: Riverside Walking Tour
Helen Elletson
Join the Society in celebrating the 2015 Thames Festival with a guided walking tour of the Hammersmith riverside. Learn stories of the river and those who lived beside it, from JMW Turner to Morris & Emery Walker.

Saturday, 14th November at 2.15pm
60th Anniversary Kelmscott Lecture
On Morris
David Gentleman
The distinguished artist David Gentleman will speak about Morris as artist, designer, businessman, writer and thinker, consider the effects his ideas had on his friends and contemporaries, reflect on his continuing influence on later generations of artists and designers, and identify which aspects of Morris have had most bearing on his own work. David Gentleman, artist and designer, is best known for his books, watercolours, and his murals at
Charing Cross tube station.

Saturday 12th December at 2.15pm
Recital by Zadok Baroque
Byron Mahoney and his period instrument group, Zadok Baroque will be charting the evolution of quartets for traverso, violin, viola and basso continuo in transition from the baroque to the classical periods. Marvellous music interspersed with witty words and seasonal readings remembering William Morris and his connection with the early music revival. We look forward to welcoming you back to Georgian times at his elegant riverside residence, Kelmscott House, Hammersmith.
Tickets £17.50 (no concessions due to
limited seating). Tickets will be sold online only at www.baroque.plus.com.
Festive wine and cake gifted in interval

 

Please note:
• 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.

Treasurer Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity coming up on our Board of Trustees as we are currently looking for a new Treasurer. The role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the Society’s financial affairs, managing and mitigating financial risk. This is a strategic role with the Finance Manager (a one-day-a-week staff role) in charge of day-to-day financial operations. Please click here for further details…

The Peter Floud Prize

We are delighted to announce the latest recipients of the Peter Floud Prize:

  • Stephen Williams receives £300 for his proposed research on Robert Banner (1855-1910), a member of the Social-Democratic Federation executive and amongst those who left with Morris to form the Socialist League.
  • £100 to Natalia Martynenko-Hunt who is writing a thesis on J. H. Dearle and the Arts & Crafts Movement for the National Academy of Arts and Architecture of Ukraine.
  • £100 to Andrew J. Wood at the University of California, Santa Cruz who is writing a thesis on aesthetic experience as a politically mobilizing force, focusing on William Morris and on a 20th-century punk rock band.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Successful Heritage Lottery Fund Bid

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.

WMS Spring Exhibition: The Art of Philip Webb

21st March – 30th June 2015

 ‘Few ever heard of him just because he was so great a man’ – W. R. Lethaby, 1935

Philip Webb (1831-1915) was one of the great architects of the nineteenth century.  Although he avoided publicity, his influence was acknowledged during his own lifetime and he has since been called the Father of Arts and Crafts Architecture.  Webb’s approach to design continues to inspire architects, illustrating how his philosophy is still relevant today.  Webb was particularly concerned with honesty and practicality in design, together with the inclusion of regional architectural traditions and locally-sourced materials.  His followers included W.R. Lethaby, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, Ernest Gimson and Edward Lutyens.

Webb’s life-long friendship with Morris began in the office of G.E. Street, where both trained as architects.  However, Morris abandoned a career in architecture after a year in favour of becoming a painter and later, a designer.  Through Morris, Webb met Burne-Jones and Charles Faulkner; all four were to become members of the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company.

This centenary display highlights Webb’s collaboration with Morris, focusing on the lesser-known artwork that so clearly demonstrates the talent and skill that continues to inspire to this day.

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