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

Symposium: The Kelmscott Press and its Legacies

November 6, 2021 10.00-18.00 at St Bride Foundation

Keynote speakers: Dr Marcus Waithe (University of Cambridge), ‘Pocket Cathedrals: Craftsmanship, Architecture, and the Kelmscott Press’; Yoshiko Yamamoto (Arts & Crafts Press, Tacoma)

The Kelmscott Press was Morris’s last great artistic undertaking. With the support and expertise of his friend and collaborator Emery Walker, Morris established a book printing operation near his home on the River Thames in Hammersmith. Morris’s respect for traditional craftsmanship, his search for perfection in design and his love of literature all came together in the works of the Kelmscott Press. The Press’s most ambitious endeavour was the Kelmscott Chaucer. Described by Edward Burne Jones as ‘like a pocket cathedral’, and published just months before Morris’s death, it embodies Morris’s highest design ideals.

Throughout 2021 The William Morris Society has been celebrating 125 years since the publication of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the crowning glory of Morris’s book printing venture, the Kelmscott Press. This one day Symposium will examine a wide range of aspects of the Press’s activities, history and legacies. Keynote talks by Dr Marcus Waithe and Yoshiko Yamamoto will be complemented by three panel sessions each comprising of three shorter papers followed by discussion. Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided.

The event will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

View the programme here.

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