Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age

John Purkis

Posted on December 18, 2018

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of John Purkis, who had been a member of The William Morris Society for almost 60 years. John served as Lecture Secretary in the early days of the Society, and was the first winner of the Peter Floud memorial prize in 1960 with his essay on ‘The Icelandic Jaunt: a study of the expeditions William Morris made to Iceland in 1871 and 1873’. He was instrumental in launching the Society’s Journal in 1962, and published ‘Morris, Burne-Jones & French Gothic’ in 1988. John served as Secretary from 1990-1993.

A funeral service will take place on 28th December, 2018 at 10:00 at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, Arbury, Cambridge CB4 2ET. Disabled parking is available in front of the church. Additional parking is available nearby (Budgen’s car park, Alex Wood Road) and Arbury Town Car Park (Campkin Road).

Donations in lieu of flowers to Open University and Merton Floats are welcome through the link below.

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A fuller obituary will appear in the Magazine in due course.