Help to conserve & reinstate the Tapestries.

Dr Kathy Haslam FSA in front of the tapestry showing Samson and the Philistines

One of the Manor’s most important spaces is the Tapestry Room, with its 17th-century Dutch tapestries, a rare survival of its Manor’s pre-Morris interiors. Originally a bedroom, the Tapestry Room acquired an added significance when William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti took on the joint tenancy of Kelmscott Manor in 1871.

Morris loved these rare wall-hangings mellowed by age, declaring that they gave the Tapestry Room ‘an air of romance which nothing else would quite do’. He gravitated there, using it as both workspace and sitting room. It was tapestries such as these that inspired him to learn the technique himself and set about reinventing it.

£40,000 needed to complete the Conservation and reinstatement of the Tapestry Room.

With the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Historic Houses Foundation, The Company of Mercers, The Blavatnik Family Foundation, The HG Harris Charitable Trust and generous donations of Benefactors, Companions and Supporters of Kelmscott Manor we have raised £266,000 towards the £306,000 needed to conserve the tapestries in sequence and re-hang them configured as they were in Morris’s time.  £40,000 is needed to complete the project!

You Can Support Us in These Ways

Kelmscott Manor Companion

Donate £500 and it will be recorded in perpetuity in a special ‘Commemorative Companion’ book.

Kelmscott Manor Benefactor

Make a donation of £5,000 and it will be recorded on a specially commissioned plaque as a ‘Kelmscott Manor Benefactor’.

If you would like to become a Companion of Kelmscott Manor or a Benefactor, please download our donation form.

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  • Tapestry Appeal

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