William Morris: Grant
Regular readers will know that I've supported the campaign to save the William Morris Gallery, which from 1848 to 1856 was the east London home of the father of the Arts And Crafts Movement: William Morris. Three years ago it was faced with closure, because Waltham Forest Council decided it could no longer afford to run what some crass councillors regarded as a luxury. The public outcry was so intense that councillors were forced to rethink their plans. Today comes the great news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to pay £1.5m toward the William Morris Gallery Development Project (CLICK). This project is supported by a more enlightened Waltham Forest Council and by The Friends of the William Morris Gallery (Registered Charity No. 800513, CLICK). To read my posts on the saga of the proposed closure and protests, type "William Morris Gallery" into my search box and scroll to the bottom.