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Event to mark meeting room refurbishment

The completion of the refurbishment of the William Morris meeting rooms in Wimbledon is being marked by a special event on Thursday May 19.

Jon Cruddas MP will be giving a lecture on the life of Morris - the man who revolutionised art and design in the Victorian era.

It will start at 7.30pm in William Morris House, now a community meeting place for a range of organisations, at 267, The Broadway.

Morris's connections with Wimbledon started when he moved his company, Morris & Co, to the River Wandle at Merton Abbey Mills, South Wimbledon in 1881. The works produced his world famous designs for fabrics, ceramics and stained glass.

Between 1881 -1896 Morrris collaborated with the celebrated artist Edward Burne-Jones at his workshop in Wimbledon. Morris advocated treating workers fairly, helping in their artistic and educational development.

He paid above the rate to his staff, provided them with a library for their education, and clean and healthy surroundings in which to work.

He often held meetings in the Wimbledon area putting forward his radical views on art and politics. Morris & Co continued to operate at Merton Abbey Mills until 1940.

For more information on the lecture, email: wimbledonlabour@gmail.com.

May 6, 2011