Wednesday 8 November 2023

WMSC Holiday Party 2023


WMSC Holiday Party

WMSC Holiday Party Registration - Members and Guests 

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Friday 3 November 2023

WMSC Event: The Life & Work of J.H. Dearle

The Life & Work of J.H. Dearle
Lecture by Mallory Horrill

On Zoom from the UK at 2 pm EST
Sunday, November 12, 2023

JH Dearle

A talented artist, pivotal to the success of Morris & Co, Dearle is still a neglected figure often lost in the shadow of his mentor Morris. This talk will examine Dearle’s extraordinary 54-year career at Morris & Co, his relationship with Morris and the contribution he made to the development of the English interior in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


 Mallory Horrill serves as Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at the William Morris Society and Senior Curator at Emery Walker’s House, both located in Hammersmith, London. She is Canadian born and moved to London in 2015. Mallory completed two Masters in History and Museum Studies and is currently completing her PhD at University College London, Institute of the Americas. Her research explores the British perception of Canada prior to Confederation.


Design 1896, made 1917–25, Designed by John Henry Dearle

Thursday 2 November 2023

Lecture at the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts

 William Morris Cakes - Laura Bright and Gianna Wichelow share techniques and inspiration for their sweet tribute to the British design legend.

On Sunday, November 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST, Laura and Gianna will share techniques and inspiration for their tribute to the British design legend in an illustrated, online presentation to the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts (CSDA).

As members of the WMSC, you’re invited to attend for free. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  (Remember the clocks “fall back” an hour this weekend.)

Tuesday 12 September 2023

WMSC 2023 AGM and Guest Lecture

WMSC AGM and Lecture

Annual General Meeting and Guest Speaker

Monday, September 18, 2023

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto
and via Zoom

AGM business meeting and election of officers for 2023-2024 at 7:00 pm

Board members seeking re-election:

Susan Pekilis

Richard Bishop
Event Committee

Dale Moore

Patrick Brown

Elaine Parks

Lera Kotsyuba
Website and Social Media


Lecture: Unbuilt Architectural Visions by Mark Osbaldeston

7:45 pm

Drawing on dozens of archival images, Mark Osbaldeston explores never-realized planning, transit, and architectural proposals for Toronto’s downtown core. Why is there a Queen Street ghost station? What was the Mystery Block? What happened to Federal Avenue? Discover the answer to these and other questions in this informative and entertaining talk.
Mark Osbaldeston spoke to the William Morris Society in 2020 on unrealized plans for Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto. He is the author of three books, Unbuilt Toronto, Unbuilt Toronto 2 and Unbuilt Hamilton. He has curated exhibitions based on his research at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Archives and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Reception to follow.

Friday 8 September 2023

Morris & Co x Williams Sonoma



Friends, the Morris & Co x Williams Sonoma collection is here, and it's available in Canada!

Tableware, bedlinens, all in lovely Morris patterns! Maximalist opulence through an Arts & Crafts aesthetic.


Friday 28 July 2023

WMSC Event: Fall Excursion to Orillia, Ontario, October 14-15, 2023

Dates: October 14-15, 2023

Orillia Opera House

Enjoy a fall weekend in Orillia. It is the birthplace of Group of Seven artist Franklin Carmichael and singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. It was the place where humorist Stephen Leacock chose to build his summer home. From his boyhood days through to his adult years, it was a town beloved by pianist Glenn Gould for its quiet charm.

We will visit the OMAH (Orillia Museum of Art and History) and tour the Arts & Crafts-designed Stephen Leacock House and its grounds on the shores of Lake Couchiching. We will lunch and shop at a local favourite, the Mariposa Market.

Dinner will be reserved for us at Theo's Eatery, a restaurant highly recommended by local residents. On Sunday a local heritage guide will join us on our bus to show us architectural and historical highlights of the town (the Opera House, Tudhope Building, McNab House, Orillia Central School, amongst others) and we will visit a potter's studio in Oro Station on the way home.


* private coach Toronto to Orillia
* admission to OMAH
* tour of Leacock House and Museum
* Saturday dinner at Theo's Eatery
* Sunday lunch/tea
* city tour with a local historical expert
* visit to Brierley Pottery studio
* one night's accommodation and breakfast at the Comfort Inn, Orillia


Departure at 9 a.m.
Saturday, October 14
from the Toronto Reference Library,
789 Yonge Street

Return to the Toronto Reference
Library, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15


Shared room rate $395 p.p.,
Single rate $445
$50 per person deposit is due by
Monday, August 28, 2023.
The deposit is not refundable after
August 28. The remainder will be
due by Monday, October 2, 2023
Please register at:

Please pay the deposit through PayPal below:


The trip is for members.
Non-members are welcome to join the trip by becoming a WMSC member. New memberships will be extended to the end of 2024 as an added bonus.

Friday 7 July 2023

WMSC Summer 2023 Book Club


Are you interested in joining the WMSC for our summer book club? 

Join us on Zoom! POSTPONED!

Join WMSC member Lera Kotsyuba, reading A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers, through the lens of William Morris' 'News From Nowhere', and ideas around a better world!