This talk explores the homes, interiors and gardens of the followers of the Arts & Crafts Movement. 

William Morris and the followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement set out to reform civilisation by rejecting what they saw as the ‘sheer moral ugliness’ of Victorian society and the over-emphasis on commercial production and over-elaborate design. 

For their inspiration they looked to the ideas expressed by the theorist and architect, A.W.N. Pugin and the writer and critic,   John Ruskin. Both were champions of the Gothic style in architecture and both admired the workmanship and way of life of the medieval craftsman. 

Followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement aimed to model their way of life, their homes, interiors and gardens on a vision of a romanticised Mediaeval world in which they recreated rural communities of craftsmen and women living in harmony with nature. 

Evidence of their influence and ideas can be found in towns and villages all over England but we are particularly fortunate to have examples of the Arts and Crafts way of life here in the South Cotswolds. In the talk we shall consider how the Arts and Crafts followers shaped their environment to create a paradise on earth in the Cotswolds.


Image credit: The William Morris Gallery London Borough of Waltham Forest



Tutor: Fiona James
Date & Time: Thurs 14th June, 11am - 12:30pm
Venue:  Textiles, New Brewery Arts
REF: W110-18
PRICE: £35 (£0.00 VAT)

All abilities welcome

What you will need: All materials included

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