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William Morris Gallery to reopen

13 Jun
The William Morris Gallery to set to reopen following a £10 million redesign by Pringle Richards Sharratt. The Brixton based architects led the project in conjunction with the exhibition design consultancy GuM Studio. The gallery, which was originally opened in 1950, is housed in the Morris’s former family home where he lived from 1848 to 1856.

The gallery houses a collection of almost 600 pieces of work by the designer and other artists. In the redesign the number of galleries has been increased to 12 and well as the addition of a library, research and education centre. A new addition is a Georgian orangery-inspired extension, housing a tearoom and balcony.

The renovation has revealed some of the building’s original Georgian features, many of which have not been seem since the completion of the original building. Heritage Lottery Fund, Committee chairman Wesley Kerr says, ‘Morris wanted ordinary people to be able to enjoy quality Arts and Crafts artefacts – from furniture to stained glass, tapestries to pottery – and the gallery presents hundreds from its world-class collection, inside the now fully accessible and expended 18th Century mansion.' The project was part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is set to reopen on the 2nd August.

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