˜I beg you take care of our old buildings" William Morris
Kelmscott Manor will be 500 years old in 2012 and we are planning to secure William Morris's home for future generations.
The Society recognises the paramount need both to preserve the cultural heritage and to create wider access to the unique experience that Kelmscott offers as a historic site in a magnificent country setting and as a place of inspiration for learning, benefits that Morris himself most valued and that sit at the heart of the Society's charitable objectives today.
What we have done, 1962-2012
The Society of Antiquaries of London has invested considerable resources into Kelmscott Manor to save it from ruin and over the last 50 years it has continued to conserve the buildings and William Morris's possessions for increasing numbers of visitors from all over the world. Conservation and restoration of Kelmscott will enable us to reach a wider public audience through innovative learning opportunities.
The restoration of the roof and major fabric is one example of our work
Following a full conservation survey, plans were drawn up for urgent repair works to the most dilapidated parts of the manor.
Illustrated opposite, the roof covering was stripped back and failed timbers were carefully removed, leaving in place those parts of the original structure that were deemed still sound and serviceable. New roof timbers were then installed and the cover reinstated, using as much if the original materials as possible.
The extent of the repairs can be seen from inside the south attic, where the ceiling was replaced and the interior, including the fireplace, restored.
Why we need your help?
As an independent charity we receive no statutory help for our work and our income is not enough to cover our ongoing commitments.
In the next few years we will be doing our very best to secure Kelmscott Manor for our visitors to enjoy for years to come.
We need to raise up to £4 million to secure its long term future. By giving a donation you can ensure that future generations can share in the experience of William Morris's much loved home.
Help us preserve Kelmscott Manor as a place of inspiration for future generations to enjoy
Every contribution, no matter how small, makes a real difference.
Please follow this link to make a donation via the charitable agency 'Just Giving'.
and click here if you would like more information on leaving a legacy to Kelmscott Manor
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