Adelaide is most fortunate to have one of the biggest collections of William and May Morris textiles and furnishings in the world outside of the UK,.....so it is with great excitement that Larry and I announce hosting the inaugural "William Morris in Adelaide Events" for 2018 and beyond.
(All photos are mine unless otherwise noted)
February 2017 Update:
I can now confirm these are the dates for the tours:
April 8th - April 14th - FULLY BOOKED
April 29th - May 4th - FULLY BOOKED
August 5th - 11th - EXTRA TOUR BY POPULAR DEMAND
November 4th - November 10th - FULLY BOOKED
Accommodation for duration of tour - Stamford Grand Hotel Glenelg on the beach front of Glenelg. The welcome event will also be held here.....
Photo from Trip advisor
The following is at February 22nd 2017 and may be subject to change
Welcome cocktail event with guest speaker at the Stamford Grand Hotel
Our private room overlooking the sea
at the Stamford Grand Hotel
Coach travel to the city for a private William & May Morris textiles and furnishings viewing at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Lunch will be included at the Art Gallery followed by a walking tour of Adelaide including viewing the very unique William Morris stained glass federation windows at the Old Stock Exchange building. Evening free
Coach pick up at Glenelg where we will drive to St Augustine's Anglican Church to view the magnificent William Morris stained glass windows and enjoy a Morris quilt display over morning tea. This will be followed by a short drive to the stunning house and gardens of Carrick Hill for a private tour with lunch included. On the drive back to Glenelg we will stop and view one of the grand homes that belonged to the Barr Smith family - the biggest international client of Morris & Co. Evening free
The coach picks us up from Glenelg with our first stop at ALL Souls Angelical Church to see more Morris windows followed by a tour of the David Roche Foundation Museum in North Adelaide. Lunch at own cost in a historic Brisihs pub that has a Morris connection. After lunch a private tour of St Peter's Anglican Cathedral followed by Evensong. Evening free
Day FiveToday we drive to the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Lunch will be at Auchendarroch House one of the Barr Smith family's prior homes. We will view the Morris rooms and the very spot where Joanna Barr Smith hand embroidered so many magnificent Morris pieces. Lunch will be served in a stunning Morris furnished room. After lunch we will have a private tour of the The Cedars, the home of one of Australia's most famous artists - Sir Hans Heysen. Evening free
Above photo from Auchendarcroch website
Above photo from The Cedars website
Our coach takes us on a longer drive today to the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula driving through the historic port of Goolwa and then on to Victor Harbor where we will be served a delicious morning tea. There will be time for an amble before we drive along the coast to Port Elliot for lunch. After lunch there will be more time to browse through the nearby shops including several with antiques. Following this we meander back through Willlunga and the famous McLaren Vale wine region finishing with a surprise afternoon tea at a mystery destination!