Heritage from Home with Red House

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View of the Red House well through an oriel window

 

We know that many of you were looking forward to visiting Red House in the coming weeks, and are now unable to do so. So instead, the team here will bring Red House to you. We are launching “Heritage From Home” which will see posts and videos uploaded across our social media channels as well as on our website so you can enjoy all our favourite things about Red House from the comfort of your own home. Please check back here to see updates.

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27 May 20

Mi Amor

Edward Burne-Jones designed this jewel-like panel of stained glass. The winged figure of love stands on a flowery hill against a burning sky. Look closely and you can just see the trace of his bow and the word AMOR (or LOVE) around his golden crown. Time marches on – the sun gives way to the moon and the stars – but love remains constant. See the full image on our Instagram or Facebook page @RedHouseNT

Burne-Jones stained glass window

26 May 20

Hand-eye coordination is very important.

For #throwbacktuesday we're exploring the 19th century method for producing wallpaper. Large blocks like the one pictured here would be hand carved with an intricate repeating pattern. The block would be painted and used to print a square of pattern onto the paper. Shift the paper along, repaint the block and print again... But the skilled craftsman had to be extremely careful to match up the ends of the repeating pattern when printing so that it created one continuous design with no breaks. We think they did a pretty great job at Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. The block pictured here was used to print the Morris & Co. Marigold pattern onto wallpaper in the 20th century. The two thick scores through the block were added when it was decommissioned, to prevent it being reused.

These carefully crafted blocks were used to print intricate patterns onto wallpaper.

19 May 20

The writing's on the glass

The glass screen at Red House that divides the Entrance Hall and the Pilgrim's Passage contains panels onto which, over the years, visitors to the house have etched their names. Amongst the many names are May Morris and Georgiana Burne-Jones.

May Morris scratched her name into this panel on the glass screen at Red House.