About the Trust
“I visited 7 Hammersmith Terrace yesterday with two friends and was enchanted with the house and seriously disturbed at the thought that so unique a London interior of the Morris period together with its… pictures, chairs, cabinets, hangings and Morris papers, should be dispersed…. There is now no other Morris interior in London to equal it, nor was there ever a Morris interior to retain so many relics of the Morris movement. Of course, its appeal is as a private house, not a museum, and the way the walls are hung with a mixture of photographs, water colours and illuminated manuscripts and the way the twinkling lights from the Thames at the bottom of the garden shines on the blues and greens of Morris papers and fabrics and old brown hand made furniture, leads one in to a kingdom that can never be created again. This house and its contents must be preserved.”
Sir John Betjeman
A word from our Chair of Trustees, Michael Hall
These words, written by the poet Sir John Betjeman, remain as true today as they did when he first wrote them over 40 years ago.
When Sir Emery Walker died in 1933 he left the house to his daughter Dorothy, who had grown up with William Morris and Philip Webb and the beautiful objects that they had designed, or that their ideas had inspired. She kept 7 Hammersmith Terrace as much as she could as it had been in her father’s time as did her friend Elizabeth de Haas who inherited the house from her in 1963.
For many years Miss de Haas sought to find a solution to what would happen to the house after she died, and in 1996 she approached me at the British Museum, and several colleagues at other institutions which have a particular connection with Emery Walker or the Arts and Crafts, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Victorian Society, the Art Workers Guild, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Society of Antiquaries, with a view to forming a Trust to take over the house at her death.
The result was the Emery Walker Trust (registered charity number 1158505 ) founded just four months before Elizabeth’s death in June 1999. The object of the Trust is to:
“ conserve, maintain and display 7 Hammersmith Terrace and its contents, and so promote the advancement of the study and appreciation of the Arts and Crafts Movement.”
Since it was set up, the Trust has created a catalogue of the present building and contents, which it intends to publish. We are committed to maintaining the house, garden and collections for the public to visit, but the Trust has very limited financial resources and needs your help. You can find out more about how you can help us here, as we are constantly seeking new sources of funding, and new supporters, to enable the preservation and continuity of this most important and valuable Arts and Crafts Interior.
We are looking to establish the long term future of the house. Our current business plan spans the period 2016-2020 and you can find more details here: Strategic Business Plan 2016 – 2020. We are constantly seeking new sources of funding, and new supporters and welcome all interest in our project to conserve this most precious house.