PAST EVENTS

The WMSC has been very busy since its inception in 1981. Domestic and international travel have taken us to Iceland, the U.S., France and - repeatedly - Britain. Numerous lectures and walks, hands-on activities and other great social events have been offered on an almost monthly basis.

Here's the list of events since 2002.


2017

January: "Sheila Hicks: Material Voices" tour at the Textile Museum of Canada

February: Stained Glass Windows and Casavant Frères Organ: Visit to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, led by Corey Keeble

March: Birthday Celebration in honour of William Morris's 183rd birthday, featuring lecture, "Morris in Oxford" by Dr. Sheila Latham, followed by toast and cake.



2016

January: Tour of the Textile Museum of Canada and the exhibition, "Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs"

February: "A Typeface for Canada" - the Work of Carl Dair, Design Pioneer, presentation by Rod McDonald and Stan Bevington and tour to exhibit at Massey College

March: Birthday Celebration in honour of William Morris's 182nd birthday, featuring lecture by potter Joseph Panacci and toast with cake.

April: Lecture by Dr. Ann Gagné: "Ruskin’s Guild: Craft, Nature, and the Influence on Morris"

May: St. James Cemetery Walk, led by John Wichelow

June: WMSC Symposium: William Morris and the Natural World

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture: 1881: A Year in the Life of William Morris

October: Collingwood Heritage Tour

November: Lecture: The Life and Work of William Morris, presented by Professor William Whitla at the Toronto Reference Library

December: Holiday dinner for members at Le Papillon restaurant



2015

January: From One End of the Earth to the Other: William Morris in Iceland and Australia
Presentations by special guests Martin Stott (William Morris Society UK) and Robert Reason (Art Gallery of South Australia)

February: Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise at the Gardiner Museum

March: Morris’s 181st Birthday Lecture, Architectural Preservation in Upper Canada: a case study with Brian Blackstock and Don McLean, followed by celebration with cake

April: Craft Ontario / Craft in Ontario: A talk presented by Janna Hiemstra, curator of the Craft Ontario Gallery, with Leopold Kowolik, Editor in Chief of Studio magazine

June: William Morris's Radicalism: A talk presented by Michelle Weinroth

August: News From Nowhere Book Discussion and Picnic on Hanlan's Point, led by Professor William Whitla

September: AGM and 1876: A Year in Morris, presented by John Wichelow

October: Elgin and Norfolk Craft and Heritage Weekend Tour

November: Celebrating 125 Years of William Morris's News From Nowhere. A lecture by William Whitla presented with the Toronto Reference Library

December: Holiday Dinner at The Hot House



2014

January: The Clay Room, a hands-on event

February: Photography and Pre-Raphaelitism. Illustrated lecture by Diane Waggoner from the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

March: Symposium and Birthday Celebration: Morris and History: historical transformations in William Morris's poetry, prose and design.

May: 1. Elaine Waisglass photography exhibit "The Beauty of Life" and garden party
2. Architectural Tour of University College, led by Sharon Vattay

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture: The Art of the Book by Reg Beatty

October: Fall Excursion to Prince Edward County

November: Arts and Letters Club Reception and Lecture by Glass Artist Stuart Reid

December: Yuletide Dinner


2013

January: Lecture: In the Wake of John Ruskin, from William Morris to Northrop Frye

February: Private Viewing of Illustrations and Letters by Beatrix Potter, and Tea

March 2013: William Morris Birthday Presentation and Party

April 2013: Utopian and Dystopian Literature

May/June: Arts and Crafts Tour to Southern England

September: Annual General Meeting, Board Election, WMSC British Tour Revisited

October: WMSC/Toronto Public Library Joint Lecture: The Yellow Book, 1890s Print Culture and the Digital Vision

November: Excursion to Ottawa

December: Yuletide Dinner


2012

January 2012: Tapestries, Persian Ornament and William Morris

February: William de Morgan: Modern or Anti-Modern?

March: Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home, A New Chronology

April: Through Mind and Hand to Health

May: Celestial Radiance: Stained Glass in the Church of the Transfiguration

June: A Year in My Arts and Crafts Garden

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture

October: Excursion to Hamilton: Royal Botanical Gardens and Arts & Crafts Architecture

November: Crisis at Christmas: Morris, Dickens and the Victorian Hero

December: Yuletide Dinner


2011

February: Lecture: Upper Canada's First Parliament Buildings

March: Symposium: Beautiful and  Sustainable: 19th to 21st Century Visions of a Garden City

April: Lecture: Otto Wagner: Leading Light of the Vienna Secession

May: Lecture: Artists, Architects, Artisans: Canadian Art 1890 to 1918

June: Day Trip to Durham

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture

October: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

November: Trip to Buffalo and Roycroft, East Aurora, NY

December: Yuletide Dinner



2010

January: Architecture Lecture and Tour of Massey College, University of Toronto

February: Pub Night!

March: Morris Boston and Birthday Fete

April: Reading the Real Pre-Raphaelites

May: William Morris's Plant Imagery

June: Tour of the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre

October: U.S. Tour and International William Morris Conference


2009

January: Stickley Road Show Lecture

February: Midwest Architecture Revisited

March: The WMSC Symposium: The Art of the Book

April: Holman Hunt: "Branding" a Vision

May: Arts and Crafts Walking Tour of Indian Road and Environs

June: Craft Studio Bus Tour

October: Dundas and Hamilton Arts and Crafts Excursion

November: William Morris and Richard Wagner: Master Craftsmen at Cross Purposes

December: Yuletide Celebration


2008

January: Playing with Fire

February: 2007 Morris Tour Revisited

March: In Honour of Morris's Birthday

April: Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors, 1880s-1920s

May: A Visit to Wychwood Park

September: Annual General Meeting and Great Gardens and Homes in Wales

November: From Red House to Wychwood Park: Arts and Crafts Architecture in Britain and Canada

December: Yule Celebration


2007

January: Welcome to New Members: An Introduction to the Life and Work of William Morris

February: Sweetness and Light: How Aesthetic Architecture Came to Ontario

March: The WMSC Symposium: "In the Footsteps of William Morris"

April: "Voyages to 'Nowhere': the Politics of Pastoral and the Perils of the Utopian Form"

May: Arts and Crafts Gardens of California

June: Arts and Crafts Tour: Northern England and Scotland

July: Tour of Historic 1840 Tollkeeper's Cottage

September: Annual General Meeting

October: Exploring Historic Cemeteries

November: Ceramics Today

December: Yuletide Dinner


2006

January: Pub Night

February: WMSC Symposium on Historical Preservation

March: A party to celebrate Morris's 172nd birthday and the WMSC's 25th anniversary.

May: Morris and Medieval Material Culture

August: Shaw's Debt to Morris

November: Between Hell and England: Finding Ourselves in the Present Text

December: Yuletide Dinner


2005

January: A Tour of Carlhu Hall

February: Carpet Design

March: Arts and Crafts Gardens: True Inspiration

May: A Trip to Cranbrook and Kalamazoo

September: Annual General Meeting and Cranbrook / Kalamazoo Reunion

October: WMSC Trip to Major Arts and Crafts Exhibitions

November: Collecting Arts and Crafts Furniture and Preview of WMSC Trip to England

December: Yuletide Party


2004

February: Christina Rossetti's Notes on Genesis and Exodus

March: The Grange Spring Lecture: "The Greatest Pleasure I Have Ever Had"

May: Eden Smith in High Park and Beyond

June: 12-Day Trip to Normandy and Brittany

July: A Visit to the Toronto Islands

September: AGM and Trip to France Reunion. Also, WMSC at Word on the Street

October: Morris Panel at NAVSA Conference

November: Useful Work Versus Useless Toil

December: Yuletide Party


2003

February: Talk: William Morris's Revision of the Picturesque

March: The Grange Spring Lecture

April: Heritage Preservation in Toronto

May: WMSC Trip To New England and Upstate New York

September: Annual General Meeting and Textile Dyeing in Toronto. Also, WMSC at Word on the Street

October: Trip to Ottawa

November: Departures, Dying and Death in Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

December: Yuletide Party


2002

September: AGM & Arts and Crafts Houses in Toronto

October: Bus Trip to St. Catharines

November: A New Members' Evening: An Introduction to William Morris.