Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Part I: Perspectives on Pre-Raphaelite Art


Part I: Perspectives on Pre-Raphaelite Art

Sunday January 16th, 2022 at 2:00 pm EST
Members only Zoom Event 

John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-2)

This lecture is by Dr. John Wolforth, Prof. Emeritus, McGill. This lecture will focus on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the youthful ambitions of its founders.

Friday, 7 January 2022

Karol Kłosowski and His Total Work of Art at the Silent Villa, Zakopane

The current exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, Young Poland. An Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890–1918 is dedicated to one of the most wide-ranging and original periods within Polish art. Characterized by the integration of fine and decorative arts, and a revival of handicrafts, Young Poland was part of the international Arts and Crafts movement originated by John Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris.

A corner of Kłosowski’s studio with a display of artwork and paper cuttings, Silent Villa. Private collection, by descent from the artist. Photo courtesy of the National Museum, Krakow.

Monday, 13 December 2021

Three Strawberry Thief Cocktails/Mocktails



3 medium strawberries

1-2 tsp (4-8 g) sugar

6 fresh mint leaves, torn, plus more for garnish

1.5 oz (43 ml) Bourbon* 
*Replace with pomegranate juice for a mocktail*

1/2 oz Grenadine

1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp dark balsamic (or 2 dashes of Angostura bitters)



In a rocks glass muddle the strawberries and sugar together, fill the glass with ice (or use whole frozen strawberries).

In a large cocktail shaker, add the torn mint leaves, bourbon, grenadine, lemon juice and balsamic.  Fill the shaker with ice.  Shake well and strain into the glass.  Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.  Enjoy!


2. STrAWBERRY Holiday Mulled Wine


1 bottle of red wine*, recommended Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
*Replace with non alcoholic wine or fruit juice of choice for a non-alcoholic alternative*

2 cups of pure apple cider

1/4 cup of pure maple syrup OR honey
*Omit if using a sweetened juice for a non-alcoholic alternative*

3 whole cloves

Peel of 2 small oranges or 1 large one

Handful of orange slices (for garnish)

2 cinnamon sticks

1 star anise pod

1/4 cup of brandy

1 cup of sliced frozen strawberries


Combine all ingredients into a stockpot set over medium heat, do not boil or the alcohol in the wine will evaporate completely. 

Bring to a low simmer and heat for about 20 mins while stirring often. Lower the heat and allow it to cool slightly before loading it into mugs or heat-proof glasses.

Garnish it with a cinnamon stick, additional orange slices and some more frozen strawberries before serving.


3. sparkling STRAWBERRY THIEF 


1 bottle of Champagne*
*Replace with ginger ale or sparkling beverage of choice for a non-alcoholic alternative*

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

2 Tbsp sugar

juice of 1 lime or 1/4 cup passionfruit juice

2-4 strawberries for garnish


If you're using frozen strawberries, defrost them. Mash or macerate the strawberries with the sugar. Add the lime/passionfruit juice to the puree.

Place 1-2 tablespoons of the puree at the bottom of your glass and top with Champagne or sparkling beverage of choice. Garnish with strawberries, whole or sliced.

Monday, 6 December 2021

WMSC Zoom Holiday Cocktail Hour


WMSC Zoom Holiday Cocktail Hour!

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the WMSC!

Wednesday December 15th, 2021 at 5:30 - 6:30 pm EST
Members only Zoom Event 

Have a "Strawberry Thief" recipe to share?

We’ll walk down memory lane to look at the early days of the WMSC, and the great WMSC trips over the years. We will also have some small group breakout rooms for chats, which people enjoyed last year.

You’re encouraged to wear your Morris/Liberty finery, or whatever else makes you feel special. 

As it’s a cocktail hour, we ask you “what would Morris drink”? If people have some ideas for creative cocktails, please email us beforehand and we'll share them with the group. We’ve already had the suggestion of “Strawberry Thief”, recipe still to be determined.

We’ll have a toast, so be prepared with something you’d like to sip on, whether it’s a cocktail, glass of wine or cuppa tea.

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

The Dragon and the Smith: William Morris, JRR Tolkien and the Legend of Sigurd the Volsung


The Dragon and the Smith:
William Morris, JRR Tolkien and the Legend of Sigurd the Volsung

An illustrated lecture by Dustin Geeraert, U. of Manitoba

Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 7:30 pm EST
Zoom Event 

William Morris, Kelmscott Press. "Sigurd the Volsung".

In the 1860s William Morris and the London-based Icelander Eiríkur Magnússon began translating Icelandic sagas into English. They soon published the first ever translation of Völsunga saga, as The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs, with Certain Songs from the Elder Edda, in 1870. This archetypal Norse dragon-slayer dragon-slayer legend inspired a range of later poems, prose tales, and articles by William Morris and by his successor in Norse-inspired medievalism, J. R. R. Tolkien. Both medievalists immersed themselves deeply in the Norse legacy of Eddas and Sagas, and in response cultivated a Romantic philosophy of craftsmanship. In their various versions of the Volsung legend two figures stood in stark contrast in the roles of creator and destroyer: the Dragon and the Smith.

Dustin Geeraert teaches literature in the English and Icelandic departments at the University of Manitoba. He is editor of ‘The Modern Reception of the Medieval Saga of the Sworn Brothers’ (Scandinavian-Canadian Studies 26, 2019) and The Shadow Over Portage and Main: Weird Fictions (2016, with Keith Cadieux), and has published articles in Journal of the William Morris Society (2012), The Lovecraft Annual (2014), Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2018), and From Iceland to the Americas: Vinland and Historical Imagination (2020).

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 – 1918)


Young Poland:
An Arts and Crafts Movement 
(1890 – 1918)

October 9 2021 – 30 January 2022
William Morris Gallery, London

Curated by Julia Griffin, Andrzej Szczerski and Roisin Inglesby

For those that can't make it to see the exhibition in person, see the website here for more Polish Arts & Crafts: https://youngpolandartsandcrafts.org.uk/exhibition/