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Morris 175 Weekend

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4 to 6 September 2009

Come and celebrate the 175th anniversary of William Morris’s birth in the magical setting of Kelmscott House, Morris’s home for the last 18 years of his life. It was here that Morris developed his skills in carpet weaving and printed the Kelmscott Chaucer and Jane and May, his wife and daughter, produced beautiful embroideries.

Our festival will take place in the Coach House, where Morris once held meetings of the Socialist League and speakers included George Bernard Shaw & W B Yeats.

The weekend will include music, song, theatre, talks, a local Arts & Crafts walk, as well as fun and party food.

Read More for the Full Programme and ticket prices

 

Weekend tickets (Friday evening, all day Saturday & Sunday): £50 members & concessions; £63 non-members.

Friday evening only: £10 members & concessions; £13 non-members.

Saturday only: £36 members & concessions; £45 non-members.

Leon Rosselson performance only: £10, includes glass of wine

Hilary Watkins, storytelling performance only: £10, includes glass of wine

Sunday only: £24 members & concessions; £30 non-members. Priority will be given to those booking weekend tickets.

To book tickets: please send a SAE to the William Morris Society at Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA, stating whether you have any special dietary requirements. For further information please e-mail william.morris@care4free.net, or telephone 020 8741 3735 on Tuesday, Thursday, or a Saturday afternoon.

FULL PROGRAMME

Friday 4 September

18.00 Reception & Welcome with drinks and finger buffet
19.00 Talk by Lord Tom Sawyer on his project to support designer bookbinders
20.00 A special production of the play Kollontai in London, performed by The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor




Saturday 5 September

10.30 Helen Elletson (Curator WMS) will display and talk about items from the Society’s collections
11.30 Coffee & biscuits
12.00 Talk by Professor Ruth Levitas on Warwick Draper the Hammersmith Historian
13.30 Sandwich lunch
14.30 Traditional Celtic storytelling with tea by performance artist and storyteller Hilary Watkins, accompanied by harpist
16.30 Demonstration of Morris’s printing press by Anne Hickmott
18.00 Drinks and finger buffet
19.30 An evening of music performed by Leon Rosselson

Sunday 6 September

10.30 Talk by Peter Cormack on William Morris as a Craftsperson
11.30 Coffee & biscuits
12.00 Start of a local Arts & Crafts walk
14.00 Sandwich Lunch
15.30 Tony Benn, our guest of honour, will speak on The Legacy of William Morris, followed by tea
19.00Buffet supper & drinks
20.00 Musical performance by Trio "Zadok Baroque"
Byron Mahoney - flute, Philip Yeeles - violin & Bridget Cunningham – harpsichord, will be playing on period instruments chamber music from Georgian England.
 


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