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The Textiles of William Morris and his daughter, May Morris (.2)

October 8 - 14, 2017  SOLD OUT!

October 22- 28, 2017

(with optional Pre-Tour to Derbyshire)

Block-printed cotton UK, 1883

At long last – London!

A city with such a long and diverse history of textiles required a focus. Last fall the doors started to open, with the remarkable William Morris and his stitching daughter, May, behind each. Beautiful designs, lovely embroideries and a particularly interesting story in our current political climate. This trip has been well worth the wait!

Highlights include:

The itinerary:

Sunday, October 22

  • Check into hotel
  • Welcome gathering at hotel with 30” overview of Morris followed by Welcome Dinner

Monday, October 23

  • Walk-through William Morris Gallery with Museum Director
  • Walk-through of May Morris Exhibition with Curator
  • Lunch
  • Choice of Block Print or Stitch Workshop (further detail available upon registration)

Tuesday, October 24

  • Tour Hampton Court Palace
  • Tour the Royal School of Needlework with the Director
  • Learn crewel embroidery techniques at the Royal School of Needlework, as you work on a piece created especially for this group and based on a pattern given to the school by William Morris

Wednesday, October 25

  • Visit The Clothworkers Center, (the off-site storage facility for the Victoria & Albert Museum textile collection) with the Museum’s curator of nineteenth-century textiles where they will bring their best William and May Morris pieces from the collection for us to see and enjoy
  • Lunch at an historic pub
  • Visit and tour Emery Walker House and the William Morris Society, located near one another on the banks of the Thames River. Helen Elletson, Curator of the William Morris Society and Custodian of the Emery Walker Trust, will give us an introduction to the two facilities and their important role in the story of William Morris.
  • Farewell dinner

Thursday, October 26

  • Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford where they will bring photographs and embroidery patterns out of storage that May Morris (the daughter of William) bequeathed to the museum
  • Lunch at the museum
  • Visit and tour Kelmscott Manor, Cotswolds home of William Morris

Friday, October 27

  • Visit Red House, commissioned by William Morris in 1859 and designed by Philip Webb.
  • Lunch at Red House
  • An afternoon at Liberty of London

Saturday, October 28

  • Departures
William Morris/The Merton Abbey Workshop Apple wallpaper Seaweed wallpaper Anemone wallpaper Iris wallpaper Celandine wallpaper Wey textile

The Expert

Dr. Lynn Hulse

Dr. Lynn Hulse

A Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum specializing in art embroidery in the home, c. 1860-1914. Former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework, she is also a Trustee of the Brangwyn Gift at the William Morris Gallery, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Co-founder of Ornamental Embroidery which teaches and designs historic handmade embroidery inspired by objects from museum and private collections. She is the editor of May Morris: New Perspectives. Proceedings of the May Morris Conference Held at the William Morris Gallery, May 2016 (2017) and author of the forthcoming publication The Embroidered Furnishings of the Lethbridge Sisters, c. 1899-1922.

Trip Includes:

Cost: $7,100 (single occupancy) or $6,650 (per person/double occupancy)

Optional Pre Tour to Derbyshire

October 15 - 19, 2017

Textiles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

After a week in London, immersed in the textiles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, travel north to learn about the textiles of the Tudor and Stuart periods.

Highlights include:

The Derbyshire Itinerary

Sunday, October 15

Monday, October 16

Tuesday, October 17

Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

Pre-Tour Trip Includes:

Cost for Pre-Tour: $3,100 (single occupancy) or $2,850 (per person/ double occupancy)

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