'Apple Tree to Vine Leaf: the Morris & Co. Embroidery Department' Lecture

May Morris bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum a handwritten ledger recording over 450 embroidery orders completed between 1892 and 1896. Uncover its secrets with this lecture, a part of the Embroidery Resurgent programme at Red House.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

See how the ledger illuminates the operation of the embroidery business, looking at May Morris's role as a designer and manager, working conditions for her employees and the shopping habits of some of her regular embroidery customers.

Jenny Lister is curator of textiles and fashion at the V&A. She is a contributor to May Morris: Arts and Crafts Designer (2017). Other publications include The V&A Gallery of Fashion and London Society Fashion 1905-1925: The Wardrobe of Heather Firbank.

Prices

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  • All £5.00
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House and Garden
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.50 £7.70
Child £4.20 £3.80
Family £21.00 £19.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.50

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  Gift Aid Standard
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Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

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Please note...

Shop, café and second-hand bookshop: admission free

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Please make your way to Visitor Reception on arrival
Accessibility
The lecture will take place on the first floor. There is no lift available.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
30 September 2017 14:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Robynn Finney
Email
robynn.finney@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 020 8303 6359

Upcoming events

Hog's Hole Apple Weekend at Red House

Sat 30 Sep 2017
11:00-16:30
Join us for a weekend to celebrate our ancient orchard and its produce.

'Apple Tree to Vine Leaf: the Morris & Co. Embroidery Department' Lecture

Sat 30 Sep 2017
14:00-15:00
May Morris bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum a handwritten ledger recording over 450 embroidery orders completed between 1892 and 1896. Uncover its secrets with this lecture, a part of the Embroidery Resurgent programme at Red House.

Embroidery Resurgent

Sun 01 Oct 2017
13:30-16:30
Sundays throughout September & October offer visitors the opportunity to try their hand at embroidery guided by volunteers from Ornamental Embroidery.

Bird embroidery workshop

Sat 07 Oct 2017
10:30-16:45
Explore techniques of hand embroidery inspired by Phillip Webb's stained glass birds at Red House. Combine cottons and metal threads in this set design and learn a variety of beautiful surface stitches highlighted with metal threads.

'If I Can', storytelling experience at Red House

Tue 10 Oct 2017
12:00-14:00
Discover Red House in a new way with an audio drama telling the story of William and Janey and the highs and lows of life at Red House.

'The Venus embroidery and William Morris' idea for a 'House of Love at Red House' Lecture

Sat 14 Oct 2017
14:00-15:00
Learn new research on the Venus embroidery and its relationship to the painting of the same subject from Kelmscott Manor. It will be argued that Venus is the key for unlocking Morris' design concept for Red House; his 'House of Love'.