A new website has been launched to celebrate the role Hammersmith played in an influential era of artistic creativity.
It gathers together information about west London’s place in the Arts & Crafts movement at the end of the 19th century, embodied by residents William Morris and Emery Walker.
Arts & Craft Hammersmith is a resource for researchers and an introduction to the wider world of a wave of traditional craftsmanship which still inspires today’s designers.
The website has been welcomed by Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.
“I hope this website will act as a springboard to encourage residents to explore the rich history of their area,” he said.
“I also hope it encourages more people to visit Hammersmith to experience all the new initiatives and artistic enterprises which continue to make this borough a leader in art and design today.”
Arts & Crafts Hammersmith is a partnership between the Emery Walker Trust and the William Morris Society, based around the restored homes of the pioneers – Kelmscott House in Upper Mall, where Morris and his family lived from 1878, and 7 Hammersmith Terrace, which was Emery Walker’s house.
The website provides information on the free visits and guided tours of the houses, and the collections of original artefacts housed within.
“We hope the new website will help put Hammersmith more firmly on the map as a hub for creative talents,” said Lucinda MacPherson, who hopes future generations will learn more about the pioneers’ lives and legacies.
Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts & Crafts Hammersmith aims to spread the word about the continuing impact of the Arts & Crafts movement in west London.
Morris and Walker drew other artists and craftsmen to Hammersmith in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The recent major refurbishment of both houses means Hammersmith & Fulham residents have two key visitor destinations on their doorstep.
The new website allows a wider public to learn about both men, their lives, friendships, homes and work through activities ranging from visits to the houses to research initiatives and volunteering.
There is an online heritage trail taking you along the Thames Path between Hammersmith Terrace, where Walker lived, to just before Furnival Gardens, where Morris had set up home; a trip both men made every day for six years as they called in on each other.
The website – vibrant and full of illustrations – also has information on the other artists and social activists who lived along the scenic path over the years.
Arts & Crafts Hammersmith is now looking for volunteers to join the team keeping the legacy alive.
The website will be updated regularly, with a blog introducing visitors to Arts & Crafts-inspired artists and designers.