Awak­en­ing for Emery Walker’s House

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The best-pre­served Arts and Crafts home in Bri­tain has re­opened af­ter an 18-month clo­sure for vi­tal restora­tion work. Emery Walker’s House at 7 Ham­mer­smith Ter­race, Lon­don, was the home of one of the key mem­bers of the Arts and Crafts Move­ment, a close friend of Wil­liam Mor­ris and fa­ther of the Pri­vate Press Move­ment.

The con­tents of Sir Emery Walker’s river­side home — around 6,000 items — were re­moved for cat­a­logu­ing and con­ser­va­tion. This al­lowed vi­tal re­pair work to be car­ried out, cre­at­ing a safer en­vi­ron­ment for the re­mark­able col­lec­tion.

This has now been re­turned to the at­mo­spheric time cap­sule, which is packed with Arts and Crafts trea­sures, in­clud­ing one of the largest in situ col­lec­tions of Mor­ris & Co. wall­pa­pers in the world, and out­stand­ing tex­tiles and em­broi­deries. Amongst Walker’s many pos­ses­sions are items which were cre­ated es­pe­cially for, or given to him by his close friends and col­leagues; lead­ing artists of their day.

Th­ese in­clude Mor­ris’s 17th-cen­tury li­brary chair, Philip Webb fur­ni­ture and glass, ce­ram­ics by Wil­liam de Mor­gan and a Burne-jones por­trait of May Mor­ris.

Ex­tended open­ing hours mean vis­i­tors can step back in time on Thurs­days and Satur­days when there will be three tours a day. Th­ese must be pre-booked on­line, as the size and frag­ile in­te­ri­ors of this Ge­or­gian, ter­raced house mean only eight vis­i­tors can en­ter at a time. Vis­i­tors are ac­com­pa­nied by an ex­pert guide and stew­ard, mak­ing it a unique and in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence, with a new ex­hi­bi­tion space of­fer­ing the chance to get close to, and even han­dle, some of the ob­jects in the col­lec­tion. The house has ex­tended its tour sea­son un­til 25th Novem­ber and has launched a new web­site. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to: www. emery­ .


Vis­i­tors on a guided tour of the re­opened Emery Walker’s House, an Arts and Crafts gem in Lon­don.

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