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“William Morris Gallery reborn” 5 of 5 stars
Review of William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park | Forest Road, London E17 4PP, England
020 8496 4390
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Ranked #66 of 853 Attractions in London
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to William Morris - designer, craftsman, writer, socialist and conservationist. The Gallery is housed in the Grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856.The William Morris Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment and won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. William Morris Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Free entry.
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“William Morris Gallery reborn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The William Morris Gallery is located in Walthamstow, London, UK and the best way to get there is on the London tube. It was recently renovated and it has many interactive activities for the whole family. It is ideal for anyone interested in design and history. It is well worth the trip and there are always special events planned. It is a site that you can visit regularly and find something new to see each time.

Visited March 2013
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“An unexpected delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

You would never expect such a fantastic place to be right in the middle of Walthamstow. If you are into art and design, you can easily spend 3-4 hours. Very well maintained grounds and excellent running around opportunity for young kids. Gift shop has limited selection but reasonably priced. Café is gooooooood with massive pieces of cake. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. There is a pay and display car park right next to the gallery but on Sunday, parking is free in the side streets.

Visited April 2013
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“Who would have thought it, a good cultural day out in Walthamstow E17.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Let me be the first to say that there was more than a fair slice of scepticism when I agreed to accompany my better half on a cultural walk around Walthamstow organised by a London blue badge guide. Well I will hold my hands up and admit, little did I know of what is now available in E17 land, and let’s not forget, for Free..
The morning section walking around Walthamstow village and visiting the truly excellent Vestry House museum in Vestry road was good enough, but then a visit to the William Morris Gallery exceeded all expectations. The gallery is housed in Morris's former family home (the artist lived here between 1848 and 1856), the 18th-century Water House. The house is set in its own extensive grounds and reopened last summer after an extensive refurbishment.
As others have mentioned, the museum is very well laid out over two floors and features permanent displays of tiles, tapestries, carpets, fabrics, and wall papers that we associate with Morris and the other members of his Arts and crafts company, and their relationship to buildings is well explained. Also on display are more domestic objects such as Morris's coffee cup and the satchel he used to distribute his radical pamphlets.
The renovation has included the inclusion of a very nice Cafe and an art gallery room , which currently is showing a small, but excellent exhibition of >2meter sizedphotos of Baileys life in the East End in the 60’s.
And you can combine it with a stroll round the also redeveloped Lloyd Park behind the building.
There is a small car park (£2 fee for over a couple of hours), next to the house, but it is fairly easy to get to by public transport. Its about a 15 minute walk from the Victoria line station at Walthamstow Central. But as this will take you past all the fast food chicken, betting and charity shops of the not very enticing Hoe street, you may wish to just hop on a bus at the bus garage outside the station to go along Hoe Street to Forest Road, and then alight and walk a few hundred yards to the left to reach the museum.

Visited March 2013
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“Arts and crafts in Walthamstow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

It is not the easiest of places to get to by public transport , but it is wortht the journey. However there is a small ( about 15 place ) Pay and Dispaly car park just to the east of the building if you want to risk driving. it is impossible to park in the streets. The dispaly is devoted to William Morris in the main, but there are changing small dispalys linked to his associates. There are artefacts as well as informative explanations of the different techniques. There is a small but well stocked shop and also a decent cafe in the main bulding and another in the revamped Lloyd park just behinfd he gallery. The gardens have been restored too, but as these have been planted to display the flowers that feature in some of the Morris designs, these are probably best visited in the late Spring and summer months.

Visited March 2013
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“a peaceful corner in walthamstow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Visit the actual home of William Morris and draw inspiration from his ideas & work. This house is tucked away but is just a 10 minute walk from Walthamstow Central station.
Lovely house set in gardens with a lake and on my visit, there were several geese & ducks performing for us. skimming across the lake. everyone stopped to watch!.
Very welcoming light & bright cafe looking out on to the gardens.
The house is free admission. At the moment there's a great little David Bailey photo exhibition
some of his photos of the East End from the 60's. Do not miss.
Upstairs there's a comments board where visitors can write out & stick up their views. i did!

Visited March 2013
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