Museum Visit 3: William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

Date: Thur 8 August 2024

Time: 10.00am at North Finchley

Place: William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

Meeting point: Meet at 10.00am at bus-stop S, Kingsway N12 on the south side of North Finchley Bus Station to catch the Super loop bus SL1 to Forest Road/Bell Corner, Walthamstow (approximately 50 minutes) from where we will walk for five minutes to the William Morris Gallery.

The William Morris Gallery is a museum devoted to the life and works of William Morris an English Arts and Crafts designer and early socialist. It is located in Water House, a substantial Grade II* listed Georgian home. The extensive grounds of the building are a public park, known as Lloyd Park, which are well worth exploring.

The museum holds the most comprehensive collection of objects relating to all aspects of Morris’s life and work, including his work as a designer, a writer and a social activist. 

The permanent exhibit is divided into nine rooms:

1. Meet the Man, Morris’ early life and background.

2. Starting Out, Morris’ early works and his influences including Pre-Raphaelite artists and Art Critic John Ruskin.

3. Morris & Co., the formation and ideals of Morris’ design company.

4. The Workshop, the design and manufacturing techniques championed by Morris.

5. The Shop, an interactive gallery exploring the experience of shopping for Morris’ creations in Victorian London.

6. Ideal Book, Morris’ foray into printing and book design includes an original printing of Earthly Paradise by William Morris.

7. Fighting for a Cause, Morris’ social activism and socialist beliefs.

8. Arts and Crafts, the movement that Morris founded.

9. Frank Brangwyn, works from the student of William Morris.

The current Special Exhibition is:  Art Without Heroes: Mingei. This is the most wide-ranging exhibition in the UK dedicated to Mingei, the influential folk-craft movement that developed in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s. With works including ceramics, woodwork, paper, toys, textiles, photography and film, the exhibition incorporates unseen pieces from significant private collections in the UK and Japan, along with museum loans and historic footage from the Mingei Film Archive.

The café serves a range of hot and cold drinks, cakes and pastries, as well as bigger bites for lunchtime.

Cost: Access to the gallery and the special exhibition are both free.

To book your place or for further information, please email Michael Lewin at: michaelglewin@gmail.com or phone 07884 122 942