The forecast for completion of all capital works has been revised to September 2021, reopening to the public in April 2022. We will be offering limited ‘hard hat’ tours of the Manor house in July and August 2021, with details available here
Conservation of the historic farm buildings is now complete, including the new build Learning Space & Artist Studio, which stands on the footprint of a former ‘thatched’ Byre (once again enclosing the Farmyard). Gavin Williams, Property Manager, is currently organising the fit-out of the new Learning Space with equipment to provide education workshops for local schools and community groups. He has also appointed Hannah Britton as the new Education & Outreach Officer and she will start programming the Space from June. Participants will be given opportunities to have hands-on learning experiences, delivered through activities and workshops and with access to artefacts and specialist resources. This new programme is a response to the needs of local schools and community groups, by formalising the educational dimension so that young people can learn about the history and environment of Kelmscott Manor and the famous artists, writers and designers it inspired, such as William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, May Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Webb.
The Space will also support a new artist-in-residence programme as well as the community archaeological programme, which will begin in 2022. The Learning Space & Studio has been generously supported by The Company of Arts Scholars, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Hobson Charity.
Kelmscott Manor is owned and managed by The Society of Antiquaries of London (Charity no. 207237), one of the oldest learned Societies in the world. The Society’s work to repair and maintain the historic buildings and collections publicly demonstrates our dedication to caring for the remains of the past, and keeps alive the conservation ethos pioneered by Morris.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If would like to support our education and outreach programme. £8 which will provide free workshop for 1 young person or £300 for a Class. To donate please visit our donate page here.
Any donation large or small is incredibly appreciated and could make all the difference to the Kelmscott Campaign. If you would like to become a ‘Companion’ (£500) or a ‘Benefactor of Kelsmcott Manor’ (£5000) please contact Dominic Wallis, Head of Development, Society of Antiquaries of London, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BE [email protected]