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

LECTURE: Morris: The Creation of a Beautiful Home

March 21, 2020 12.00 - 13.00 at The Coach House, Kelmscott House


From childhood, Morris was obsessively interested in both places & things; a home was, in all its aspects, an expression of that consuming passion.  Starting from the homes in which he spent his childhood, we look at his rejection of the stultifying conventions of the Victorian bourgeoisie & at the creation of his own first home, Red House, before examining some of the other homes in which he later lived.  His interests turned towards creating beautiful homes for other people through the artefacts designed for the Firm he established in 1861; the lecture concludes by looking at the ways in which he achieved this & at some of the houses for which Morris & Co: designed an Arts & Crafts interior.

Sally Roberson has worked as an Arts & Crafts tour guide in various properties in London & the South East for many years & has made an intensive study of the designs created by William Morris in a wide range of different media; she is particularly interested in Morris textiles, especially embroidery.

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