Saturday Lecture: William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Ref: C2422707

William Morris was a key designer, writer and activist in the late nineteenth century. We will look at the development of his work in the context of the general movement for design reform at the time, consider his main influences, and explore the significance of his ideas both in theory and in practice. We will explore the main characteristics of his products and those of members of the broader Arts and Crafts Movement, considering the importance to them of social ideas and attitudes, and the extent to which they achieved their objectives.

Course aim

To outline the ideas of William Morris and their practical application, and to consider their importance for design in late nineteenth-century Britain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • place the design ideas of William Morris in their broader historical context.
  • critically examine and discuss examples of objects designed by Morris and members of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
  • explain some of the key social ideas involved and how they were manifested in the work produced.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Saturday Lecture: William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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