09 July 2013

The Emery Walker Trust and the William Morris Society secure Heritage Lottery Fund support

The Emery Walker Trust and the William Morris Society have secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their joint project ‘Arts and Crafts Hammersmith: Developing the Legacy of William Morris and Emery Walker’.  This initiative aims to open up access to the rich collections of both organisations and the wider histories – personal, social, political – of the arts and crafts that are deeply rooted in this part of Hammersmith.

Development funding of £91,800 has been awarded to help the Emery Walker Trust and William Morris Society progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. 

The project involves essential conservation work to the collections of both organisations. It will also digitise them through a single web portal, allowing on-line public access to the collections for the first time.  New joint programmes of education, interpretation and outreach will be offered. A shared group of volunteers will be trained to help run the programmes and care for the collections. Both houses will benefit from much-needed repairs as well as alterations designed to improve the visitor experience by creating spaces for exhibitions and better support of public activities.

Geographically, the project is concentrated on the remarkable survival of Morris and Walker's two homes. They stand a quarter of a mile apart in Hammersmith on a stretch of the Thames where many members of the Arts and Crafts movement, particularly those concerned with printing, lived and worked, and by which they were inspired. This aspect of Hammersmith's heritage is of international significance, and it deserves to be better known, understood and enjoyed.

For further information, images and interviews, please contact: Helen Elletson at the William Morris Society on +44 (0)208 741 3735, curator@williammorrissociety.org.uk