Special interest talks in 2017

A view of the Drawing Room with Jacobean-style plaster ceiling at Wightwick Manor

Join Helen, our expert House Steward, on one of her regular talks of the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris' circle.

Daytime talks start at 10am and finish around 12:30pm. They start with a relaxed talk before you are guided on a walking tour of highlights of our collection link to the subject. For the evening tour you start at 7pm and are toured over both floors of the Manor, finishing around 8:30pm.


Saturday 4th February and Saturday 16th September: The Life and Works of Simeon Solomon


As part of the National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride program marking 50 years since the de-criminalisation of homosexuality this talk will look at the most maligned of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Learn about how Solomon’s genius was ignored as he faced persecution due to his sexuality.


Saturday 25th March: Women Artists of the Pre-Raphaelites


With works by Lizzie Siddal, Lucy Maddox Brown and Evelyn De Morgan Wightwick has one of the largest collections of paintings by the female Pre-Raphaelites. Often overshadowed by their more famous male relatives this talk will showcase the true skill and achievement of these pioneering women.


Saturday 20th May: The Life of May Morris


Fresh from her ground-breaking paper at 2016’s May Morris conference our House Steward Helen will introduce you to William Morris’ daughter. A designer in her own right May was instrumental in ensuring that the Morris’ legacy still lives with us today.

Thursday 14th of September: The Pre-Raphaelites; Sex, Drugs and Poetry (evening tour)


This one is strictly for over 18's and not for the easily offended as Helen lifts the lid on the dirty goings on of the Pre-Raphaelites - a group famous for getting far too close to their models.