Kelmscott Manor is a limestone manor house in the Cotswold village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. It dates from around 1570, with a late 17th-century wing, and is a Grade I listed building. The house – perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris – contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and his Arts & Crafts associates, including furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork. The study day will take the form of lectures and a guided tour of house, garden and the village. The speaker will be Dr. Kathy Haslam, curator and specialist in Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement. She’s held curatorial posts at the V&A, Tullie House Museum in Cardiff as well as the Geffrye Museum in London. These were followed by 5 years as curator at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House in Cumbria after which she took up her post at Kelmscott.
Programme for the day is as follows:
- 10.00 Arrival, Registration, Coffee
- 10.30 Introductory Talk
- 11.00 – 12.15
- Party 1 – Guided tour
- Party 2 – Visit to gardens, shop, village incl. church
- 12:15 – 1:30
- Party 1 – Visit to gardens, shop, village incl. church
- Party 2 – Guided tour
- 1.30 – 2.30 Buffet Lunch
- 2.40 – 3.30 Reconvene and lecture in the Morris Memorial Hall, keynote address to be given by Dr. Kathy Haslam
- 3.30 – 3.45 Q&A after which we return to Kelmscott Manor for departure
PLEASE NOTE: There is parking for the disabled in the manor grounds but only the ground floor is reachable for disabled delegates although there is recorded information for those who cannot go upstairs. (Please inform us if any assistance is required). Directions will be detailed in Joining Instructions, which will be circulated one month ahead of the actual event. The Study Day Fee is £30 for non-members of the Historic Houses Assoc. Fee for members is £10 (please bring your membership cards) This includes participation in the full programme plus coffee/tea and buffet lunch. (If you wish to bring your own lunch please note that only those who are participating in the lunch may use the dining facilities.) Please inform Gil of any dietary requirements.
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