The Emery Walker Trust
The Emery Walker Trust, established in 1999, is a registered charitable trust. It owns, cares for and displays to the public Emery Walker’s House at 7 Hammersmith Terrace, which from 1903 until 1933 was the home of the distinguished typographer, printer and antiquary Sir Emery Walker (1851-1933), a colleague and close friend of William Morris.
In doing so it seeks to promote the study and appreciation of the Arts & Crafts Movement as well as the legacy of Emery Walker.
Walker is probably best remembered for setting up the Dove’s Press and helping Morris to establish the Kelmscott Press. The interior of his home reflects the central role that Walker played in the Arts & Crafts Movement; furnished with Morris wallpapers and textiles, as well as furniture and other objects designed by Philip Webb and other members of the Arts & Crafts Movement who were his friends and colleagues. The house is one of the best preserved and most authentic Arts & Crafts interiors in Britain, with international appeal.
The William Morris Society
The William Morris Society, established in 1955, aims to perpetuate the memory of one of the greatest Victorians. The Society exists to make the life, work and ideas of William Morris (1834-1896) known as widely known as possible.
The variety of Morris’ ideas and activities bring together those who are interested in him as a designer, craftsman, poet, translator of Icelandic texts and socialist, who admire his robust and generous personality, his creative energy and his courage. His ideas on how we live and how we might live, on creative work, leisure and machinery, on ecology and conservation, on politics and the place of arts in our lives remain as stimulating now as they were over a century ago.
The Society publishes a Journal, Newsletter and commentaries on all aspects of Morris’ work and runs a series of talks and visits throughout the year. It encourages the re-publication of Morris’ works and the continued manufacture of his textile and wallpaper designs.
The Society’s office and museum are in the basement and Coach House of Kelmscott House, number 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA, Morris’ London home for the last eighteen years of his life.
During this time he ran his manufacturing company, Morris & Co, at Merton Abbey, and founded the Kelmscott Press and held Socialist League (later the Hammersmith Socialist Society) meetings in the Coach House (below). Today the Society’s talks and other events are held in the Coach House; it also hosts exhibitions of works by Morris and his wider circle and is available for hire.
Membership of the Society is open to all, and more information about joining is available on its website – which can be found here.