Places to visit related to Ernest Gimson or the Arts & Crafts Movement as well as links to other websites that may be of interest to our viewers.
Places to Visit
The regions around Leicester offer a wide variety of venues that link into the Arts & Crafts Movement. Some can be visited within a half day – others might take a little longer.
78 Derngate, Northampton, East Midlands
A unique house, remodelled in 1916-17 by renowned Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Northampton businessman, Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke.
Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Victorian manor house with William Morris interiors and colourful garden.
Owlpen Manor, Near Uley, Gloucestershire
Owlpen Manor is a romantic grey limestone Tudor manor house set in a remote wooded valley in the Cotswolds. Owlpen was rescued in 1925 by Norman Jewson who was a follower of Ernest Gimson, an architect and furniture designer inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. Jewson carefully restored Owlpen as his own residence using the 'conservative' principles first advocated by William Morris.
Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Rodmarton Manoris a supreme example of a house built and all its
furniture made according to Arts and Crafts ideals and was one of the last country houses to be built and furnished in the old traditional style when everything was done by hand with local stone, local timber and local craftsmen.
Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Arts and Crafts Gallery offers an opportunity to appreciate fine craftsmanship, art and design from about 1880 to the 1940s with internationally important collections. This is the collection for which the Art Gallery & Museum has received designated status.
Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Gloucestershire
William Morris chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the summer of 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside.
Links and Further Reading
Hillhouse Antiques & Decorative Arts
London based dealers specialising in original antiques & artefacts of the British Arts & Crafts Movement, including items covering the Gothic Revival period, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, Cotswold School and Modernism, ranging from approximately 1850 to 1960.
Christopher Vickers is a specialist craftsman-designer of Arts & Crafts furniture and metalwork, taking his inspiration from architect-designers such as Ernest Gimson, Sidney Barnsley and CFA Voysey. Christopher will be demonstrating metal working techniques as seen in the Gimson exhibition on Sunday 18th January 2009 at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. He will also be discussing plasterwork and furniture making.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, designer and artist, is celebrated around the world as one of the most creative figures of the early 20th century.
Blackwell Arts & Crafts House
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, is one of Britain's finest and most important houses from the turn of the last century. Designed by MH Baille Scott between 1898 and 1900, it is a superb example of the arts and crafts movement.
The Decorative Arts Society
Founded in 1975, The Decorative Arts Society encourages the study and appreciation of the applied arts, architecture and interior design on an international basis throughout Europe and America from 1850 to the present.
Leicester Decorative & Fine Arts Society
A friendly, thriving society which aims to increase the enjoyment of decorative and fine arts and to support our cultural heritage. A member society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
An explanation of rattan and wicker
A very interesting webpage that explains the meaning on the terms 'rattan' and 'wicker' - words which can often be confused with each other. This information was found by children that take part in an Arts & Crafts programme of activities for very creative children!