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FW: Please help Museum in Crisis

From:

Iain Flett <[log in to unmask]>

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Iain Flett <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 20 Apr 2007 08:50:39 +0000

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>From: Seren Langley <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Seren Langley <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Please help Museum in Crisis
>Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 16:31:23 +0100
>
>THREAT TO THE WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY
>
>The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London, is the only public
>museum in the world devoted to William Morris's life, work and
>influence, and has internationally important collections reflecting the
>enormous range of his activities. Morris's original designs and
>textiles, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass, tiles, fine printing and
>book arts, are shown alongside works by Edward Burne-Jones, Dante
>Gabriel Rossetti, Philip Webb, May Morris, and many others. The museum
>also has applied arts by Morris's followers in the Arts & Crafts
>movement, as well as paintings and drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and
>by Sir Frank Brangwyn, who generously gifted his own significant
>collections to form the nucleus of the Gallery.
>
>For the over 50 years since the museum was opened by Clement Attlee,
>many thousands of people - locals and visitors and researchers from
>every corner of the world - have made the pilgrimage to Walthamstow to
>visit for free this museum in Morris's boyhood home, a beautiful
>Georgian house set in a Victorian park.
>
>In January 2007 Waltham Forest Council proposed cutbacks to severely
>limit the opening hours of the William Morris Gallery and also of the
>local Vestry House Museum & Archives and to terminate the contracts of
>all staff as part of a drastic restructuring - who learned about the
>threats to their jobs and museums in the local newspaper.  The
>internationally renowned Curator of the William Morris Gallery has
>worked tirelessly for thirty years to build up the collections, to hold
>inspiring exhibitions, to educate visitors and to assist researchers.
>Now, the so-called consultation period is over and many fear this will
>be the beginning of the end of this unique museum - and damaging to
>William Morris's legacy.
>
>The Friends of the William Morris Gallery are asking for your help.
>Please visit http://www.keepourmuseumsopen.org.uk/ where there is A LINK
>TO AN ONLINE PETITION.
>
>10,000 names are needed by the end of this month. Every single name and
>comment helps! Please tell your contacts.
>
>See also Jonathan Glancey's piece in today's Guardian:
>http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/design/story/0,,2058882,00.html
>
>Time is of the essence and we are very concerned that this will be yet
>another cultural disaster in the UK, and another loss of precious
>historical resources for students and researchers.
>
>Thank you for your support. As Morris said: FELLOWSHIP IS LIFE
****************************************
Iain EF Flett MA MPhil DP&AA RMSA FSAScot
Palaeographer, Archivist & Records Manager
5 Provost Road, Tayport, Fife,
Scotland DD6 9JE  +44 (0)1382 552218
<[log in to unmask]>
Traidcraft - fighting poverty through trade
http://www.traidcraft.co.uk
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"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George 
Santayana
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