THE AGM OF THE WILLIAM MORRIS SOCIETY
May 16, 2020 12.00 at The Coach House, Kelmscott House
All members are welcome to attend the AGM which will be followed by a free talk
THE TAPESTRY WEAVERS AND CARPET KNOTTERS AT MERTON ABBEY
With the move to Merton Abbey in 1881, William Morris expanded the newly formed tapestry and carpet departments of Morris & Co. Two young tapestry apprentices at Queen Square, William Sleath and William Knight, moved to Merton and local girls were trained as carpet knotters. This talk will show how Morris and John Henry Dearle trained their apprentices to produce the most beautiful tapestries and carpets at the picturesque works on the banks of the river Wandle at Merton.
David Saxby is senior archaeologist at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). He excavated on the site of Merton Abbey and is the author of William Morris at Merton.