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

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April 18, 2019 – October 26, 2019

‘The dear warp and weft at Hammersmith’: A History of Kelmscott House

When William Morris reported to his wife Jane that he proposed leasing Kelmscott House, Hammersmith in 1878, he said ‘the house might be made very beautiful with a touch of…

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August 6, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textiles Tour

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour of both the Society’s premises and nearby Emery Walker’s House….

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August 7, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Badges and Brooches: Summer Family Workshop

Create badges and brooches using modelling clay, inspired by the designs of William Morris and his daughter May. All materials are provided, and you will take your creations home with…

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August 14, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Glass and Tiles: Summer Family Workshop

Learn how to decorate glass jars and tiles! Decorate a glass jar using our special glass paints, then create a beautiful design on a ceramic tile inspired by the designs…

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August 21, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Weaving: Summer Family Workshop

Use our new weaving looms and a variety of yarns to create a placemat or bookmarks. Find out how to turn coloured paper into a design inspired by William Morris….

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September 3, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textiles Tour

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour of both the Society’s premises and nearby Emery Walker’s House….

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September 7, 2019 14.00

Poems of Protest: Marking the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre

Join us for an afternoon of radical poetry marking the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. Actor Adjoa Andoh, writer Michael Rosen and The William Morris Society’s President Lord Sawyer…

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September 14, 2019 14.15

PRE-RAPHAELITE SISTERS

160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, a major new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will explore the overlooked contribution of twelve…

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October 1, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textiles Tour

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour of both the Society’s premises and nearby Emery Walker’s House….

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October 8, 2019 19.00

KELMSCOTT LECTURE 2019 William Morris: South Kensington & Socialism

‘I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few’. So said William Morris, a great champion of the Arts…

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November 5, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textile Tour

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour of both the Society’s premises and nearby Emery Walker’s House….

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November 16, 2019 14.15

THE PRE-RAPHAELITES AND SCIENCE

In their manifestos from the early 1850s, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood argued that art should model itself on science, aiming to achieve the same standards of rigour, precision and truth. In…

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November 26, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

The Final Arts & Crafts Textile Tour of the Year

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour of both the Society’s premises and nearby Emery Walker’s House….

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December 7, 2019 14.15

EVELYN DE MORGAN AND JANE MORRIS: REINVENTING PRE-RAPHAELITISM

Evelyn De Morgan visited Kelmscott Manor in the early 20th century with one clear objective, to use Jane Morris as her muse. Despite following so clearly in Rossetti’s footsteps, her…

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January 25, 2020 14.15

WILLIAM MORRIS AND THE FOUNDING OF THE BUILDING CONSERVATION MOVEMENT

In 1877, William Morris and Philip Webb, alarmed by the destructive “restoration” of ancient buildings that was occurring in Victorian England, together founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient…

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