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William Morris Gallery central to borough culture bid

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The William Morris Gallery, set in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, north-east London will feature in Waltham Forest Council's bid for the London Borough of Culture this year.

Built in the 18th century, it was William Morris's family home from 1848 - 1856 and is the only public gallery devoted to the designer, craftsman, writer, conservationist and socialist. Morris wrote some of his earliest poetry seated in the tall window on the main staircase.

The gallery was opened in 1950 by Clement Attlee and then was redeveloped in 2011 - 12 by Waltham Forest Council, which owns and manages it. The renovations were also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other donors.

This supported a new collection display, learning and research centre, special exhibition gallery and tea-room. Pringle Richards Sharratt were the architects and exhibition designers.

Rudy Capildeo, Partner at Boodle Hatfield LLP - a leading arts and property law firm - who is also a Trustee of the gallery, will be speaking at our forum on 25th January at RIBA, London.

He will be sitting on our panel discussing large cultural projects along with Paula Murray from Croydon Council speaking about the re-launch of Fairfield Halls and Swindon Museums & Art Gallery Director, Rod Hebden.

Rudy is recognised as one of the UK's leading lawyers, focussed on corporate and commercial aspects of the arts market, advising artists, art galleries and dealers, auction houses, museums and private collectors on acquisitions and disposals, agency terms, art finance, dispute resolution, due diligence, imports and exports, insurance, intellectual property, museum/gallery loans, start-ups and taxation.

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