Booking Opens for the 43rd West London Local History Conference

By Hand and Eye will explore the work of the Arts and Crafts Movement

‘By Hand and Eye’ looks at the influence of a number of designers and skilled craft workersP‘By Hand and Eye’ looks at the influence of a number of designers and skilled craft workers

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January 30, 2024

The first in-person West London Local History Conference since 2019 is to be held this April and its theme will be the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Organised by a collection of historical societies in west and south west London, ‘By Hand and Eye’ looks at the influence of a number of designers and skilled craft workers were to be found in the area and how the fashionable style also influenced the design of local architecture.

Speakers include Val Bott on Bedford Park homes; Sarah Hardy on William De Morgan; Mallory Horrill on the Kelmscott & Doves Presses; Ilona Jesnick on Rust & Co's mosaics; Chris Jordan on the Martin Brothers; James Marshall on Arthur J Penty and Paul Velluet on Arts & Crafts Architecture in the Richmond area.

The conference take place on Saturday 13 April at Duke Street Church, Richmond, TW9 1DH and booking is now open.

Programme of events

9.30am - Doors open to admit participants – societies' stalls will be open for browsing

9.45am - Welcome & house-keeping
Annie Greene, Chair, West Middlesex Family History Society & Conference Co-Chair

9.55am - Arts & Crafts Homes and their furnishings in Bedford Park
Val Bott, Editor, Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal

10.30am - Coffee and Book Stalls

11.00am - Arthur J Penty (1875-1937) of Isleworth, Arts & Crafts Architect & Socialist
James Marshall, Hounslow & District History Society

11.30am - Arts & Crafts Printing: the Kelmscott & Doves Presses
Mallory Horrill, Senior Curator, Emery Walker’s House

12.15pm – Lunch

1.10pm - Welcome to the afternoon session
Neil Robson, Editor, The Wandsworth Historian & Conference Co-Chair

1.20pm - The Martin Brothers: Potters of Fulham and Southall
Dr Chris Jordan, independent researcher and lecturer on Martinware

2.00pm - Rust & Co, Vitreous Mosaic Manufacturers of Lambeth and Battersea
Dr Ilona Jesnick, Past Editor, Andamento, Journal of the British Association of Modern Mosaic

2.40pm - Tea and Bookstalls

3.10pm - William de Morgan: the Chelsea Potter
Sarah Hardy, Director of the William De Morgan Museum

3.50pm - Arts & Crafts Architecture and Design in Richmond and the surrounding areas
Paul Velluet, architect, historian & President of Richmond Local History Society

4.30pm - Thanks and summary of the day’s proceedings as the Conference ends
Entry for the whole day costs £15. Early booking for this popular event is advised.

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