Peter Cormack FSA delivers a fascinating talk on William Morris & Iceland at the Embassy of Iceland in London

Our Honorary Curator of Kelmscott Manor, Peter Cormack, was invited to speak at the Icelandic Embassy in London on Thursday 20th September. His talk focused on William Morris's connection to Iceland.

William Morris has had a long association with Iceland due to his visits there in the summer of 1871. Iceland provided him with an escape from his home life and offered him the chance to explore his interest in the Icelandic Sagas, which he would later go on to translate.   

The Society of Antiquaries and Kelmscott Manor have a long standing friendship with the Embassy of Iceland in London and we were deligted that Peter was invited to speak there by the National Museum of Iceland. 

In attendance was Ambassdor, H.E. Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, and other key staff from the embassy including Thurý Bjorg Bjorgvinsdóttir, First Secretary, Director of the National Museum of Iceland, Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir, with a delation from the museum, President of the Society of Antiquaries, Paul Drury FSA, Kelmscott Manor Property Manager, Gavin Williams, Head of Development, Dominic Wallis and other staff and friends of the society. 

Image: Paul Drury FSA, President of the Society of Antiquaries, Peter Cormack FSA, Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir, Director of the National Museum of Iceland and Thurý Bjorg Bjorgvinsdóttir, First Secretary, Embassy of Iceland.