The Friends of the BADA are delighted to support the ambitious project to preserve Kelmscott Manor. The Manor was the historic Cotswold retreat of William Morris, father of the Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as the founder of Morris & Co - historic members of the BADA in the 1920’s. Closed in 2019 to allow for the conservation and repair of the Grade I listed manor house as well as the construction of new Learning Building, the Society of Antiquaries, who own this outstanding house, hopes to develop it as a hub for educational and community engagements. The developments will allow for learning activities for local schools and community groups, as well as for artists in residence, conservation projects, and facilities to engage young people and educate about the artists, writers and designers that Kelmscott inspired.
Morris’ ecological philosophies were ahead of his time and are much more in keeping with modern sustainable and environmental initiatives. It is the hope of the BADA Friends that through the preservation and improvement of Kelmscott many more generations can learn about this incredible house as well as the man and the values that shaped it.