William Morris Gallery
A behind the scenes look at the 19th century designer and socialist's home-turned-museum, following a £10m revamp.
A museum and gallery dedicated to the life and works of William Morris, the Arts & Crafts designer and leading socialist of the 19th century, is due to be re-opened this summer following a £10m transformation. The 18th century building (Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856) has been fully refurbished to its original Georgian design. The ornamental Gardens have also been restored as part of a wider refurbishment of Lloyd Park and will be open the public.
Displayed works of the artist and members affiliated with the Victorian decorative arts firm Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (later Morris & Co.) span original wallpaper designs, printed and woven textiles and handcrafted furniture. Written materials - many of which will be on public show for the first time - include family letters, Morris's left-wing political pamphlets and the celebrated 1896 Kelmscott Press edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Almost 600 objects by Morris and craftspeople of the pre-Art Nouveau period comprise the museum's permanent collection, whilst a twelfth gallery will display temporary works. Walthamstow Tapesty by the Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry, will run until 23 September 2012.
The Museum and Gardens are both free to the public, and open their doors and gates on 2 August.