Talk: William Morris and William de Morgan with Julian Orbach

Date(s) - 15th Jul 2024

St Luke's Hall


In this talk Julian Orbach will explore the relationships between William Morris and William de Morgan and their wider Arts & Crafts circle.

Author and Lecturer, Julian Orbach, is a graduate in History and Italian from Magdalen College, Oxford.
On graduation he was employed as an architectural adviser to the Victorian Society from 1975-77. He then worked on the listing of historic buildings in England (and later in Wales) and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain, (1987).
In 1993 he co-founded the eco-community at Brithdir Mawr, which aimed to promote eco-housing, sustainability and self-sufficiency. He is an honorary member of the Royal Society for Architects in Wales and, most recently, has been revising Nikolaus Pevsner’s Wiltshire volume in The Buildings of England series.

This lecture relates to Julian’s life-long interest in the Arts and Crafts movement. The talk was prompted by the discovery of an unknown collection of de Morgan ceramics in boxes with the Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society in Taunton. Its focus is on the friendship between William Morris & William de Morgan.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for this exploration of the personal relationships that underpinned one of the most important aesthetic and social movements of the 19th century, delivered by an expert in the field.

7pm at St Luke’s Hall, St Luke’s Place GL53 7HP. Directions to the hall can be found here.
Free on-site parking – 30 spaces, first-come-first-served.

Tickets FoTW members £11, non-members £13

If you have any questions about the event or booking please phone Alison on 01242 519413 or email

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Terms & Conditions: When taking part in the talk please follow these guidelines:

  • Please do not attend a talk if you have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • You are undertaking this event at your own risk


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