The fascinating and important collections at Kelmscott Manor span more that 300 years and reflect the history, ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and worked here.
The earliest ‘layer’ of the collection is represented by the solid oak furniture and 17th century tapestries owned by the Turner Family, the original occupants of the Manor.
Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti added his own furniture to the interiors. This forms an extremely rare group of furnishings associated with the artist, reflecting his rather sophisticated taste, it includes a number of black and gold pieces as well as fashionable early 19th century furniture.
The Morris family was associated with the manor for 67 years. As well as furnishings designed specifically for the Manor by Morris’ friend and associate Philip Webb, the collections also contain items from each of Morris’s London homes, including several designed for the iconic Red House in Bexleyheath.
William’s wife, Jane, and younger daughter, May, are also a vivid presence here, and many examples of their beautiful and accomplished needlework are on display.
In addition to its furniture and furnishings, the Manor also boasts a significant fine art collection, with important works by Rossetti, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Albrecht Durer and Breughel.
Our volunteers undertake research on various parts of our collection. Our research group helps us to better understand the life and work of William Morris, as well as other key characters in Kelmscott’s timeline.
You can read a piece of their research on the Acanthus and Vine Tapestry by clicking on the link below.