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A rare visit to the recently refurbished Emery Walker House & also to Kelms...

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Kelmscott House

26 Upper Mall

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Since the WHS Committee were invited more than 10 years ago to advise on a cache of wallpapers discovered in Emery Walker’s House at 7 Hammersmith Terrace and to view papers in situ in the untouched interiors, the house has received a HLF grant to restore, refurbish and present it to the public. Walker was a friend of William Morris, and was immensely influential and highly regarded in his field (which would now be called ‘graphic design’). Walker’s house is a few minutes from Morris’ Kelmscott House and both men had an eclectic mix of belongings in their homes. Walker’s interior is believed to be the most authentic Arts & Crafts home in Britain. This visit provides an opportunity for members to see the marvellous Morris & Co textiles, wallpapers and furniture, intermingled with 17th and 18th-century English furniture, Middle-Eastern rugs, and Chinese and Moroccan ceramics - exactly how Arts & Crafts protagonists would have decorated their homes.


Kelmscott House was Morris’s London home and is now base of the William Morris Society which has a small museum in the coach house and basement housing seasonal exhibitions and events. Morris lived at Kelmscott House from 1878 until his death in 1896. He wove his first carpets here, and the coach-house became the meeting place for the Hammersmith branch of the Socialist League. There is an extensive reference library, showcasing changing displays from the collection as well as Morris’s original Albion printing press used in the production of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer.


NUMBERS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED.

Emery Walker’s House can only accommodate 8 visitors at a time so two groups will alternate between the two houses.

This fascinating visit will culminate with afternoon tea and bubbles in the riverside garden of WHS committee member Stephen Levrant, whose house, c.1753, is next door to Emery Walker’s.

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Emery Walker’s House is thought to be one of the few houses in the world to have original Morris & Co wallpaper in nearly every room in the house. These hand blocked wallpapers date back to the 1920s, and some are rare designs and colourways. During the visit Allyson Mc Dermott, one of the foremost wallpaper restorers in the world, will be giving us a talk on her work at the house.

Tickets are on a strictly ‘first come’ basis and priority will be to members. Non-members will only be able to participate if the visit is not fully subscribed.

Members are requested to meet at William Morris Society, Kelmscott House at 2 pm.

The event will finish at 6 - 6.30 pm

Nearest Tubes: Stamford Brook, Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith

Please bear in mind that NUMBERS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED.

Emery Walker’s House can only accommodate 8 visitors at a time so there will be two groups which will alternate between the two houses.




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