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Holiday type Special interest holidays
Art & archaeology
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £329
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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William Morris - A great Victorian

Textile designer, artist, writer and socialist William Morris was the founding father of the influential Arts and Crafts movement and the furnishing and decorative arts manufacturers Morris & Co. His followers, particularly active in the Cotswolds during the early part of the 20th century, left an abundance of fine craftsmanship behind fir us to enjoy today.

On this tour you get to enjoy a private visit to the home of William Morris, Kelmscott manor, and talks by the experts Dr Anne Anderson or Peter Cormack.


  • Two nights bed and breakfast at the four star Blunsdon House hotel, Swindon, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception on first evening and private dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the restaurant
  • Two light lunches
  • All admissions, guided tours, coach transfers
  • Expert tour host supported by tour manager throughout.

Not included

  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed & breakfast basis
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Blunsdon House hotel, Swindon from 15.00. This evening there will be a dinner with wine and a talk by your expert host– ‘William Morris and his continued legacy’.

Day two

Visit Kelmscott manor, William Morris’s country home from 1871 until his death in 1896. Kelmscott contains an outstanding collection of works by Morris and his associates. After morning coffee/tea is served, enjoy a private visit with an introductory talk. After a light lunch (included) we visit Buscot Park where, in the music room, Burne-Jones' ‘The Legend of the Briar Rose’ is displayed. Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, a lifelong friend and collaborator of Morris' drew the inspiration for this work from the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Evening lecture by your expert host “The Arts & Crafts Movement” followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

Visit to Rodmarton manor, where the owner, Simon Biddulph, will show you around this handsome Arts and Crafts home; completed in 1929, and one of the last great country houses in England to be built using traditional methods of construction. After a light lunch of sandwiches and tea/coffee (included), you will visit All Saints church, Selsley, where your expert host will give a brief talk on this fine Gothic Revival church by G.F. Bodley and its remarkable stained glass windows all supplied by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., the famous firm, in the 1860s. Tea and cake will be included in your visit here. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.

William Morris experts

On this tour you get to enjoy a private visit to the home of William Morris, Kelmscott manor, and talks by the experts Dr Anne Anderson or Peter Cormack. Dr Anne Anderson is a recognised authority on the Arts and Crafts movement and is Hon Research fellow, Exeter university and the Huntington. A writer and broadcaster Anne was a senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree courses at Southampton Solent university specialising in the Aesthetic movement, Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau. She is a NADFAS lecturer and some of her academic papers have appeared in the Journal of the William Morris Society, Journal of the Pre-Raphaelite Society and many others. Her recent projects include reconstructing the original interiors of Lord Leighton’s studio-home and her television credits include BBC’s Flog It! Peter Cormack is the honorary curator of Kelmscott manor, William Morris's Oxfordshire home, and was formerly keeper of the William Morris gallery in London, where he curated numerous exhibitions of work by Morris and his followers in the Arts and Crafts movement. He has a particular interest in 19th and 20th century stained glass and is a Vice-President of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters. A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, he was appointed M.B.E for 'services to art and heritage' in 2009.

Tour Managers / support guides Dr Scott Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the history of art and design, who was a professional archaeologist for ten years before his interests shifted to the world of art, antiques and auctioneering. In 1994 he joined the team at Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent university) as a lecturer in Fine Arts Valuation, the only BA (Hons) degree course of its kind to look at the commercial art world. He also has a particular interest in architecture and in recent years has taught courses on the history and theory of interior design, and art and design history. Now, as a senior lecturer, he concentrates on teaching, research and publication. Scott has written extensively, in learned journals and popular magazines, on both ancient and 19th-century ceramics, Roman archaeology, and Victorian and Edwardian art and design. He is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and television credits include BBC’s Flog It! Mike Stone is a popular Travel Editions guide, an archaeologist and experienced Blue Badge Guide and, before his recent retirement, was Manager of Chippenham museum for over 20 years. His knowledge and passion for archaeology and history has taken him too many places such as Libya, Egypt, Rome and Pompeii. He has written books about archaeology and history on Chippenham and the West Country and has broadcast for radio and TV.
Blunsdon House hotel, Swindon

Located on the edge of the Cotswolds in the village of Broad Blunsdon near Swindon, the four star family owned Blunsdon House hotel offers comfortable, individually decorated and tastefully furnished bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, TV, mini bar, safe and tea & coffee making facilities in the room. Other facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, bar, and a health and lesiure club including gym and swimming pool. Complimentary on-site parking is available at the hotel.

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10-Sep-2014 3 329.00 book
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Terrific presentations by Anne Anderson. Scott is also very knowledgeable and both are very sociable. Great trip.
Jun 2013

...very lucky to have those guides. They were not only so knowledgeable but also good at imparting their knowledge in an easily accessible form. I really enjoyed the holiday. Thank you and, particularly, thank you to Anne and Scott.
Sep 2011
Mrs V Davies

We had a wonderful time. The tour guides were brilliant and so knowledgable and enthusiastic. The visits were well planned with enough time in each place.
Sep 2011
Mrs S
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