26 April 2013

Emery Walker House Blog - April 2013

We are very excited about the opening of the Emery Walker House for the new season, as well as the prospect of welcoming both new and familiar faces to our lovely house. We have a dedicated team of volunteers who do fully guided one hour tours, so visitors are sure to experience the full Emery Walker experience yet again this season. From April – October we have 3 tours every Saturday and in addition on occasional Sundays as well from May – September. Please see our website, www.emerywalker.org.uk, for further information.

We would also like to encourage groups to come in for tours out of the normal opening hours. This means we will now be opening the house especially for interested groups, which will hopefully make the Emery Walker House accessible to even more enthusiasts of Emery Walker and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

A very special occasion for us this month was, when the Emery Walker House appeared in the BBC4 documentary ”Hidden Killers in the Victorian Home”; an interesting documentary which mainly focused on how the most common lethal dangers in the Victorian era surprisingly occurred within the home. Although hidden killers are not among the first things that spring to mind when walking amongst the very domestic, floral, and cosy interiors of the Emery Walker house, we of course agree that it is a perfect location for a showcase of the Victorian home.

Although Morris’ wallpaper appears in several Victorian houses, the Emery Walker house is actually the only house that still has original Morris & co. wallpaper, which dates back to when it was originally produced. Speaking of which, as a side note for future visitors who have seen the documentary, we would like to point out that they need not to worry, as we definitely have no arsenic in our wallpaper. Just beautiful patterns.

For those of you, who like us, are looking forward to the beautiful British summer, we are pleased to announce that the Emery Walker House again this year will take part in “The Open Garden Squares”. For this lovely occasion the house will be open on Sunday June 9rd, from 2-5pm, so make a weekend out of it and come enjoy the early summer with us. Tickets for the event are cheaper if bought in advance. Please see www.opensquares.org for further information.

By Helen Elletson, Curator at Emery Walker House and Kelmscott House