2019 Lecture Series

This year we have a number of interesting lectures throughout the season.

These will be held at the Morris Memorial Hall in Kelmscott. Doors open at 6.30pm with the lecture starting at 7pm.

Booking is essential, Tickets are £10 per person (Friends of Kelmscott Manor FREE). Parking is available adjacent to the Hall.

To reserve a seat at any of these lectures,

email: membership-groups@kelmscottmanor.org.uk.

call: 01367 253754


Friday 23rd August

At Home with the Spartali Family

by Susan Weeks

Research into the history of her private Island residence opened a door for Susan Weeks into a forgotten past that had been locked away for over a century.

Susan reveals the untold story of her Victorian home at Sandford House which was formerly the country seat of its original owners the Spartali family. Her presentation describes their lives and widespread Island connections, focusing most especially on that of Marie Spartali, whose own pioneering career made her arguably the greatest of all the female artists painting in the Pre Raphaelite style. Being labelled "a stunner" Marie became the popular choice as both model and muse for many famous names including Julia Margaret Cameron.

Marie Spartali Stillman became close to Jane Morris and she visited Kelmscott Manor often, painting a number of images of the house. Her painting 'Feeding the Doves' is on display in Jane's Room.