‘A house that I love’: William Morris and Kelmscott Manor

It is with deep regret that the Society of Antiquaries of London has taken the decision to postpone the planned exhibition ‘A house that I love’: William Morris and Kelmscott Manor, which was scheduled to open at Burlington House on 9 July (until 21 August). It is hoped that the exhibition will take place either later in the year or in 2021.

The exhibition is part of the on-going Kelmscott Manor: Past, Present and Future campaign to support the National Lottery Heritage Fund sponsored major refurbishment of the Manor including the addition of new educational and public spaces.

Exhibition at Burlington House


This summer we are holding a one off exhibition of objects from the Kelmscott Manor collection. This includes works created by William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Philip Webb and Edward Burne Jones amongst others. We will be showcasing some items that have never been on public display in London before. This specially curated exhibition will be held in the Society’s historic apartments in Burlington House, Piccadilly.

In 1871 the designer, poet, conservationist and social activist William Morris discovered Kelmscott Manor which became his Cotswolds home. He instantly fell in love with the seventeenth-century house, describing it after his first visit as ‘a heaven on earth’.

The conservation works have now begun at Kelmscott Manor, and in order to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project, the Society will be staging this major public exhibition of ‘treasures’ which will help to bring the £6 million conservation of the Manor to public attention.

We are looking to raise funds to cover the £30,000 costs of the exhibition displays, including transportation, conservation assessments and, where required, display cases and mounting.

So, for example, individual items would range from £2,500 for items of furniture and paintings to £500 for books and ephemera.  If you were willing to support the display of one or more objects, we would be delighted to acknowledge your support for the temporary exhibition at Burlington House and permanently at Kelsmcott Manor after it reopens in 2021.

Exhibition Sponsorship: Remaining Opportunities[.docx]

If you would like to help us with the exhibition we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please contact Dominic Wallis, Head of Development, 0207 479 7092 [email protected]


This exhibition is supported by EdenTree Investment Management and the National Lottery Heritage Fund