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Coach Trip to Kelmscott Manor
Thu 18 May 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
Thursday 18 May £35/£32 for Members of the Birmingham & Midland Institute and Friends of the RBSA
• Return coach travel to Kelmscott Manor
• ‘Introduction to William Morris’ coach mini-lecture with Dr Serena Trowbridge
• Opportunity to explore Kelmscott village
• Introductory talk Access to house, collections and grounds
• Tea, coffee and home-made biscuits in the afternoon
Please note that lunch is not included. You are welcome to dine in the tea room or at the local pub!
Pick-up points and times:
8.50am: Wyndley Baths, Sutton Coldfield
9.15am: Birmingham & Midland Institute
9.30am: Yateley Road, Harborne
Drop-off points and times (approx.)
6.30pm: Yateley Road, Harborne
7.00pm: Birmingham & Midland Institute
7.30pm: Wyndley Baths, Sutton Coldfield
Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this ‘loveliest haunt of ancient peace’; he signed a joint lease for the property with his friend and colleague Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist.
Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside. Its beautiful gardens, with barns, a meadow and stream, provided a constant source of inspiration for Morris until his death in 1896. After his death, his wife Jane purchased the house, and his daughter, May, spent much of her adult life there. The entire family are buried in the grounds of nearby St George’s church.
This seventeenth-century, Grade 1 listed Manor house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, as well as of his family and associates (Benson, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and Webb among them) that includes furniture, original textiles, pictures and paintings, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.
The BMI reserves the right to cancel this event should there not be sufficient interest. In this eventuality, you will be notified and fully refunded.