Future of Kelmscott Manor
21 August 2015
Rt Hon David Cameron MP celebrates Kelmscott Manor's 2014 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' award.
The Society of Antiquaries of London received the following letter from the Prime Minister – and Kelmscott Manor's local MP – in support of its latest plan for the future development of Kelmscott Manor, which includes an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund:
Rt Hon David Cameron MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
Friday, 21 August 2015
I am writing to support the Society of Antiquaries of London's application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major grant for essential repairs and upgrades to the visitor facilities at Kelmscott Manor, which is in my constituency.
Kelmscott Manor was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist. It is reported that when he first saw the Manor in 1871, Morris called it the 'loveliest haunt of ancient peace'.
Kelmscott Manor receives more than 20,000 visitors a year. I am a passionate supporter of tourism in the UK and was delighted when Cotswolds Tourism named it the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - 2014 (Gold Award). It was also put on the shortlist (5 out of 350 nominations) as the UK's Most Inspiring Museum or Heritage Attraction by the M+H Awards and Guardian Culture Pros Network. The Society of Antiquaries of London is committed to a sustainable future for Kelmscott Manor, and this is widely supported by the local villagers. The visitors to this beautiful Grade I listed building play a vital part in enabling small local businesses to thrive and survive.
I have no hesitation in supporting the funding application which is so important to Kelmscott Manor and the villagers in the surrounding rural area of my constituency.
(From a member of Parliament for the Witney constituency in the district of West Oxfordshire, including Bampton, Burford, Carterton, Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Eynsham, Witney and Woodstock.)