Specialist Tours & Events

Virtual Talk: Red House, William Morris and his ‘Palace of Art’ 





February 11th at 3pm

Red House in Bexleyheath, Kent, is the only house William Morris ever commissioned and owned.   The house stands as the physical embodiment of his exuberant spirit, youthful ambition, romantic medievalism, and great sense of possibility. For five highly industrious and creatively charged years from 1860–5, it resounded with the ‘jovial campaign’ of decorating and furnishing and creating a garden to meet his emergent taste for strong colour and complex pattern making.  It also prompted the founding of the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (later Morris & Co.) in 1861. Recent research has revealed lost wall paintings, tantalising fragments of polychromatic patterns and a new understanding of the importance of the interior schemes and the inter-relationship of house and garden.  


In this talk, Tessa Wild, author of William Morris and his Palace of Art (London: Philip Wilson, 2018) and former curator of Red House, will explore Morris' rich, artistic life at Red House. 

This is a live talk on Zoom. Once you have booked your ticket, you will be sent the joining instructions.

Entry to this talk is by donation. Your support of the Emery Walker Trust is greatly appreciated during these difficult times.


Hammersmith History Online Quiz





Play Anytime (link below) 

Do you heart Hammersmith? Do you know your William Hogarth from your William Morris? Are you not bored of virtual quizzes yet?

Join Arts and Crafts Hammersmith (a collaboration between The William Morris Society and The Emery Walker Trust) for our fiendishly difficult quiz about the people and places of Hammersmith’s past!

Gather your team and find the video here.

This is a free event, but donations through our website are welcome. Thank you for your support!

*Image: Hammersmith from Barnes by James Richard Marquis (1835-1885), from the William Morris Society collection.


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