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, 21st March at 2.30pm (N.B. 15-minute later start time than most events)
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.