Summer Programme 2016

Wednesday 27th April at 7pm

“William Morris's fascination with carpets from the Middle East”

Lecture by Anna Mason, Curator and Manager of the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London UK

Anna gave this fascinating talk at HALI Olympia, 2015. She explores Morris's interest in Middle Eastern carpets and how they influenced his own practice as a designer. William Morris was intrigued by historic carpets from the Middle East and started to collect as early as the 1860s, later becoming a respected authority. Acting as an adviser to the South Kensington Museum (later re-named the V&A) he encouraged the Museum's purchase of the famous Ardabil carpet.

Wednesday 4th May at 11am

Visit to William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP

Following Anna Mason’s talk the previous week, the curators of the William Morris Gallery will lead a guided tour of the museum and show the group a selection of textiles from the reserve collection. Then time to explore the galleries and the surrounding Park independently, then enjoy a light lunch in the Gallery’s Tea Room. Numbers strictly restricted to 15 with a £7 tour fee for each member.

Also showing here is the British Museum Touring Exhibition “Social Fabric” which explores how the textiles of eastern and southern Africa mirror the changing times, fashions and tastes of the region.

***Wednesday 25th May at 6.30 pm St. James Piccadilly*** Note earlier time of 6.30pm!

Annual General Meeting

Committee elections

ORTS Cup Award 2016 Presentation ceremony

Short talks by 2015 winners Clara Ma and Malin Lonnberg.

Show and Tell. Members are invited to bring rugs and textiles for discussion.

Sunday 10th July from 12 mid day

Summer Lunch Party at Lingfield, Surrey

Five minute walk from Lingfield station (direct out of Victoria / London Bridge / Charing Cross). Gorgeous country food at 1pm followed by our Sale/Auction of various items generously donated or brought by Members. Courtesy shuttle from station. Please Park all cars at the Station to be transferred or very short walk. Rural footpaths nearby and opposite to Lingfield Race Course.


Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL London.

The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed “Church Hall Conference Room” leading down iron stairs below street level.

Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served.

Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30pm.

Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture. Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20.