William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in the grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home, the Gallery displays the world's most comprehensive collection of his work.
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📸 Edward Burne-Jones, The Nativity, design for stained glass (1872)Happy Christmas from the William Morris Gallery!This ...
25/12/2020

📸 Edward Burne-Jones, The Nativity, design for stained glass (1872)

Happy Christmas from the William Morris Gallery!

This watercolour composition by Edward Burne-Jones is one of four designs for stained glass windows executed by Morris & Co. in 1872. They were made for the 18th century chapel at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, and depict the Christian story of the birth of Jesus: ‘The Annunciation’, ‘The Nativity’, ‘Adoration of the Magi’, and ‘The Flight into Egypt’. The Morrises were good friends with the then Earl and Countess of Carlisle, George and Rosalind Howard, and would often exchange letters and pay visits. The Howards extensively modernised the interiors of their stately home with Morris & Co. designs during the late 19th century, notably redecorating the chapel and perhaps controversially covering a wall of Pellegrini frescoes with ‘Bird and Anemone’ wallpaper . Much of this was later removed, but the Arts and Crafts additions to the chapel, including these windows, remain to be seen today, a testament to their friendship.

Here, we see ‘The Nativity’ or scene of the birth of Christ, with Mary and Joseph gathered around the child, watched over by a host of angels. The bold, linear style is somewhat different to the lush, delicately painted masterpieces Burne-Jones became known for, and relates directly to the final product. We can see the artist beginning to imagine how the glass will fit together, which elements will be leaded and which details will be hand painted. This image would then have been worked up into a full-size cartoon before being transferred to glass. A window using this same design was reproduced by Morris & Co. in the early 20th century, and can be seen in the Epiphany Chapel at Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire.

Looking for some free festive family fun? The amazing Scribble and Smudge has devised this Christmas wreath crafting act...
21/12/2020

Looking for some free festive family fun? The amazing Scribble and Smudge has devised this Christmas wreath crafting activity to keep you all amused over the holidays. You can download the activity sheet from https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/learning/learning-at-home. And don't forget to share your creations using the hashtag #WMGfamilies.

We have a limited number of free activity kits - with all the materials you need to make the wreath - available to collect from the Gallery. For details see https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/learning/learning-at-home.

++Exhibition news++Within The Reach Of All: The Century Guild27 February – 31 May 2021We're thrilled to announce that ou...
16/12/2020

++Exhibition news++

Within The Reach Of All: The Century Guild
27 February – 31 May 2021

We're thrilled to announce that our spring 2021 exhibition will be Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild, the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Century Guild was established by the architect and designer Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, who later helped found the William Morris Gallery, and his assistant, Herbert Percy Horne, in close collaboration with designer Selwyn Image. They aspired to elevate crafts to the status of art, integrate both art and crafts in domestic interiors, and democratise good design.

The exhibition will explore the group's key figures - along with its influence on Art Nouveau, 20th-century design and modern publishing - through the William Morris Gallery's unrivalled collection of Centruy Guild works

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➡ Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Swirling Leaf wallpaper design (c.1880-1883)
➡ Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, design for Artichoke, Birds and Squirrels textile (early 1800s)
➡ Herbert Percy Horne, Bay Leaf frieze wallpaper (c.1882)

Following the recent announcement that London will move into Tier 3 of coronavirus restrictions, the William Morris Gall...
15/12/2020

Following the recent announcement that London will move into Tier 3 of coronavirus restrictions, the William Morris Gallery will be closed to the public from tomorrow, December 16.

Our online booking system is closed until further notice. If you have booked a slot for the closure period, your order will be automatically cancelled.

In line with government guidance, our shop will remain open and we will continue to run a click and collect service for online orders. Our Tea Room will offer a limited takeaway service of hot drinks and light snacks.

While we’re closed you can continue to experience our collection online by following us here and exploring our Google Arts & Culture page (see link in bio).

We hope to see you again in person very soon!

Almost all the products on our online shop are made exclusively for us using designs from our collection of Morris's wor...
11/12/2020
William Morris Gallery

Almost all the products on our online shop are made exclusively for us using designs from our collection of Morris's work - the biggest in the world! And don't forget: every purchase supports our work, helping us run our learning programme, care for our collection and stage critically acclaimed exhibitions. These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more valuable than ever.

Our decorative terracotta wall tiles have been bestsellers this Christmas. Inspired by Morris's work and values, they ca...
07/12/2020
William Morris Gallery

Our decorative terracotta wall tiles have been bestsellers this Christmas. Inspired by Morris's work and values, they can be put together to form a larger decorative panel.

Every purchase from our shop supports the work of the Gallery, helping us run our schools programme, care for our collection and stage world class exhibitions. These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more valuable than ever. Thank you!

04/12/2020
Young Poland: The Polish Arts & Crafts Movement, 1890 - 1918

The Young Poland (Młoda Polska) movement emerged in the 1890s in response to Poland's non-existence for almost a century, divided between Russia, Austria and Prussia. The movement embraced an unprecedented flourishing of applied arts and the revival of crafts, drawing inspiration from nature, history, folk traditions and craftsmanship to express a shared national identity.

This short film introduces an international research project exploring the affinities between the British Arts and Crafts and Young Poland movements. Find out more by reading the book of the project - order from https://wmgallery.shop/collections/books/products/young-poland-the-polish-arts-crafts-movement-1890-1918 - and visiting the major exhibition at the Gallery in autumn 2021.

For a subtitled version please see our YouTube channel.

The project is a collaboration between the William Morris Gallery and Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie in association with Lund Humphries and @Polish Cultural Institute. The project is Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage within the framework of the Inspiring Culture Program.

++New shop products++We're continually adding new products to our online shop. Here are a few of our favourites, all fea...
01/12/2020

++New shop products++

We're continually adding new products to our online shop. Here are a few of our favourites, all featuring new interpretations of Morris's iconic Strawberry Thief design.

Every purchase from our shop supports the work of the Gallery, helping us run our schools programme, care for our collection and stage world class exhibitions. These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more valuable than ever. Thank you!

Click the images for more info or go to https://wmgallery.shop/.

28/11/2020
William Morris Gallery Family Day: Mermaids And More

Welcome to another virtual Family Day! This time we've been inspired by William Morris's mermaid design in our Works In Progress exhibition. In this video you'll see two merfolk tales from Caribbean folklore, told by Wendy Shearer, plus a 'make your own mermaid' craft activity devised by artist Esther Neslen. You can download the mermaid template and full instructions from https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/learning/learning-at-home. Don't forget to share you creations with us using #WMGFamilies. Have fun!

There are just a few days to go until the publication of Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890 – 1918....
26/11/2020

There are just a few days to go until the publication of Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890 – 1918. It's out on December 1 but you can pre-order by clicking the image or visiting https://wmgallery.shop/collections/books/products/young-poland-the-polish-arts-crafts-movement-1890-1918. It would make a great Christmas gift!

Edited by art historians Julia Griffin and Andrzej Szczerski – who uniquely combine expertise in Polish and British design – this groundbreaking study is the first book in any language to explore the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) period in the context of the international Arts and Crafts movements.

This pioneering and lavishly illustrated publication charts the rich history of the artists, designers and craftspeople whose schemes came to define Young Poland, including over 250 illustrations of ceramics, furniture, textiles, paper cuttings, wood carvings, tableware, stained glass, book arts, children’s toys and Christmas decorations as well as domestic, church and civic interior decoration schemes.

The book is the culmination of an international research project co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. It's published in partnership with Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Lund Humphries and Polish Cultural Institute.

Handmade in the UK using super soft breathable fabric, our  patterned face masks are available in seven classic Morris &...
24/11/2020

Handmade in the UK using super soft breathable fabric, our patterned face masks are available in seven classic Morris & Co designs: Yare, Seaweed. Strawberry Thief, Willow Bough, Pink & Rose, Fruit and Blackthorn. To get yours click the image or visit https://wmgallery.shop/products/fabric-face-mask-various-designs

And don't forget - every purchase supports our exhibitions, education and conservation programmes.

📷 Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, Self-portrait with elf, watercolour and pencil on paper. Image courtesy Muzeum Literat...
20/11/2020

📷 Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, Self-portrait with elf, watercolour and pencil on paper. Image courtesy Muzeum Literatury

Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890 – 1918, edited by Julia Griffin and Andrzej Szczerski, is published on December 1. It's the first book in any language to explore the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) period in the context of the international Arts and Crafts movements. For more info and to pre-order visit https://wmgallery.shop/collections/books/products/young-poland-the-polish-arts-crafts-movement-1890-1918.

One of the lesser-known artists featured in the book is Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska. The polymath Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, famous for her lyrical poetry, was also a painter of bold and intimate watercolours, often incorporating fantastic and macabre elements inspired by Polish folk traditions. The book explores this important aspect of her oeuvre for the first time. In 1939 Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska moved to England, where she died six years later. She is is buried with her husband in Southern Cemetery, Manchester.

The book is the culmination of an international research project co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. It's published in partnership with Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Lund Humphries and Polish Cultural Institute.

Our William Morris decorations are always a Christmas bestseller. They're beautifully handcrafted, ethically sourced - a...
19/11/2020

Our William Morris decorations are always a Christmas bestseller. They're beautifully handcrafted, ethically sourced - and can be enjoyed all year round. Click on the image to get yours, or follow visit https://wmgallery.shop/ to explore the full range.

Every purchase from our shop supports the work of the Gallery, helping us run our schools programme, care for our collection and stage world class exhibitions. These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more valuable than ever. Thank you!

In our latest downloadable lecture, the Gallery's senior curator Roisin Inglesby explores the rich significance of birds...
18/11/2020

In our latest downloadable lecture, the Gallery's senior curator Roisin Inglesby explores the rich significance of birds and animals in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Our digital downloads are available on a 'pay what you want' basis from our online shop. If you can afford to, please make a donation at checkout to support our education, conservation and exhibition programmes.

Find out more and download the lecture from https://wmgallery.shop/collections/digital-downloads/products/lecture-arts-and-crafts-creatures

16/11/2020
London Craft Week: Daniel The Gardener X William Morris Gallery

During London Craft Week 2020 we invited tattoo artist Daniel the Gardener to reveal the entire tattoo design and application process live at the Gallery. The final piece was inspired by William Morris and the botanical works in our collection. Huge thanks to Daniel, Dominique, the team at Parliament Tattoo and filmmaker Chris Haddock.

📸 AH Mackmurdo, Bramble and Squirrel cretonne (c. 1882)This suitably autumnal design is one of the Century Guild's most ...
13/11/2020

📸 AH Mackmurdo, Bramble and Squirrel cretonne (c. 1882)

This suitably autumnal design is one of the Century Guild's most successful. It features scrolling and interwoven brambles with clusters of blackberries, enclosing pairs of squirrels holding nuts. The Century Guild monogram is incorporated in the design.

While some of AH Mackmurdo's designs for textiles were too large and busy, this design features clear outlines, a harmonious repeat and is an appropriate scale for a furnishing fabric. The design was also produced in yellow and as a velvet.

The Gallery holds a unique collection of works created by members of the Century Guild, which was founded by Mackmurdo in 1882 in order to "render all branches of art the sphere no longer of the tradesman but of the artist". Watch out for details of a major exhibition on the Century Guild next year.

The Gallery may be closed to the public but our gift shop remains open for click and collect orders. Simply select "pick...
12/11/2020

The Gallery may be closed to the public but our gift shop remains open for click and collect orders. Simply select "pick up" as your delivery method when you check out. You can also have your order gift wrapped.

Choose from hundreds of hand-picked gifts, stocking fillers and decorations inspired by William Morris, many of which are exclusive to the Gallery. And remember - every purchase supports our work, helping us run our schools programme, care for our collection and stage world class exhibitions.

These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more valuable than ever. Thank you!

Browse the full range here: https://wmgallery.shop/

Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890 – 1918, edited by Julia Griffin and Andrzej Szczerski, is publis...
10/11/2020

Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890 – 1918, edited by Julia Griffin and Andrzej Szczerski, is published on December 1. It's the first book in any language to explore the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) period in the context of the international Arts and Crafts movements. For more info and to pre-order go to https://wmgallery.shop/collections/books/products/young-poland-the-polish-arts-crafts-movement-1890-1918.

One of the key figures of the Young Poland movement was the critic, painter, illustrator and design reformer Stanisław Witkiewicz, creator of the "Zakopane style" of architecture and decorative arts. The style drew on the vernacular craft traditions of the Highlander communities who lived in the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra mountains in the south of Poland. This image shows his most iconic building: Dom Pod Jedlami (House Under the Firs) in Zakopane, designed 1896-7.

The chapter on Witkiewicz is written by Zbigniew Moździerz in collaboration with Anna Wende-Surmiak, director of the Muzeum Tatrzańskie w Zakopanem.

The book is the culmination of an international research project co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. It's published in partnership with Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Lund Humphries and Polish Cultural Institute.

We were thrilled to see that Country Living Magazine featured our Compton Midnight cushion in its Christmas gift guide. ...
09/11/2020

We were thrilled to see that Country Living Magazine featured our Compton Midnight cushion in its Christmas gift guide. Based on John Henry Dearle's Compton design, this contemporary style tapestry cushion is woven in Europe and hand finished in England with a luxurious British velvet back.

The original Compton was designed by Morris and Co for Compton Hall near Wolverhampton in 1895-6. Morris and Dearle (his chief designer) worked together on it, sending designs back and forth and improving each other's work. It was registered as a wallpaper and printed cotton on 27 February 1896. The original design is also in our collection.

To get yours visit https://wmgallery.shop/products/compton-midnight-tapestry-cushion-large.

Due to the lockdown in England we cannot guarantee Christmas delivery times, especially to our international customers, so please order as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Every purchase from our shop - like this 100% cotton Strawberry Thief tea towel - supports the work of the William Morri...
05/11/2020

Every purchase from our shop - like this 100% cotton Strawberry Thief tea towel - supports the work of the William Morris Gallery. These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more valuable than ever.

Due to the lockdown in England we cannot guarantee Christmas delivery times, especially to our international customers, so please order as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

To see the full range visit our Facebook shop or go to https://wmgallery.shop/

Following the recent government announcement of a month-long lockdown across England, the William Morris Gallery will be...
04/11/2020

Following the recent government announcement of a month-long lockdown across England, the William Morris Gallery will be closed to the public from tomorrow, November 5.

Our online booking system is closed until further notice. If you have booked a slot for the lockdown period, your order will be automatically cancelled.

In line with government guidance, we will remain open for “click and collect” purchases from our online shop at https://wmgallery.shop and our Tea Room will offer a limited takeaway service of hot drinks and light snacks.

While we’re closed you can continue to experience our collection online by following us here and exploring our Google Arts & Culture page: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/william-morris-gallery

We hope to see you again in person very soon!

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Lloyd Park, Forest Road
London
E17 4PP

The Gallery is only a 15-minute walk from Walthamstow Central (rail/tube/bus) or a 10-minute bus journey from Blackhorse Road Station (rail/tube). Both tube stations are on the Victoria Line.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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We visited yesterday for my mama b.day we had afternoon tea ☕🍰in the cafe Harrison was excellent he provided a great service ros in the gallery shop was so helpful and kind and we purchased some lovely things and the gallery is so interesting really worth a visit it was a shame that it rained 🌦 so we couldn't sit in the garden but we will be going again thks Karen 💙
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Wondering...what is the lunchtime talk this Wednesday?
KELMSCOTT MANOR: A William Morris home. Short film narrated by ex screen actor Scott Antony.
Hello, are you open tomorrow, please?
The wall this mural is painted on was once inside my great grandparents house (5 Bedford Road, Walthamstow). The house was bombed during a WWII air raid (luckily they were out at the time). 🤔
Great day w/Chris and Michael in old 'hood N17/E17
KELMSCOTT HOUSE: Short film narrated by ex screen actor Scott Antony
My visit to The Red House!
The Madge Gill Exhibition is extraordinary! Loved it. Thank you 😊