Illustrated Lectures

Unless otherwise noted, the events listed below are free and will be held in the Philip Carter Family Auditorium.


From St James's Palace to the Antipodes: Morris & Co. in South Australia

Friday 14 March, 1 pm

Join Christopher Menz, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and curator of the exhibition Morris & Co. for this insightful illustrated lecture.

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer 1896 Kelmscott Press. Wood-engraving by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Beautiful Books by William Morris

Wednesday 19 March, 10.30 am

Cultural commentator Penny Orme will give an illustrated talk on William Morris and his beautiful books. Morris set up his Kelmscott Press in 1891 with the aim of producing fine printed material, believing contemporary books had been degraded by industrial production. In typical arts and crafts fashion, he designed and produced books based on his admiration for medieval craft.

$5, Friends $2, students with ID free.


Wistful Women, Wine and Wombats: Art and Life among the Pre-Raphaelites

Wednesday 19 March, 6 pm

A fascinating discussion presented by Mary Kisler, senior curator at Auckland Art Gallery, bringing unusual aspects of the exhibition Morris & Co. to light.

Supported by Montana


Heroes and Villains in Morris’s World

Wednesday 26 March, 6 pm

Morris’s work reveals a critique of Victorian society and his vision of a better world. Professor Pamela Gerrish Nunn from the University of Canterbury shows us how this is conveyed by his cast of characters.

Supported by Montana


Morris at Home: From Red House to Kelmscott Manor

Wednesday 9 April, 6 pm

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pohere Taonga presents Dr Ian Lochhead discussing Morris’s innovations in English domestic architecture.

Supported by Montana


Morris and Anti-Scrape: The Victorian Debate on Heritage Conservation

Wednesday 16 April, 10.30 am

William Morris played a key role in establishing modern attitudes towards architectural heritage conservation. He founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (or Anti-Scrape, as it is popularly known) in 1877, marking the beginning of the modern heritage protection movement in Britain. Dr Ian Lochhead will examine Victorian attitudes towards architectural restoration and discuss the relevance of his views in the twenty-first century.

$5, Friends $2, students with ID free.


Arts and Crafts Architecture in Christchurch

Wednesday 16 April, 6 pm

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pohere Taonga presents: J. H. Menzies: A Banks Peninsula Craftsman with Dr Jessica Halliday; The Work of R. W. and E. H. England: Arts and Crafts Influences on Domestic Architecture in Christchurch with Dr Dorothee Pauli; and Samuel Hurst Seager’s Architectural Art with Pam Wilson.

Supported by Montana


Fashioning Loose Women: Dress Reformers of the 19th Century

Wednesday 7 May, 6 pm

Jennifer Queree, senior curator of decorative arts at Canterbury Museum, explores the revolutionary fashion ideas of the pre-Raphaelite, aesthetic, hygienic and socialist dress movements of the 19th century.

Supported by Montana

To be followed by…

When the Corset Grew Up: A Journey from Utilitarian Undergarment to Object of Fantasy to Warrior Princess Armour

Corset designer Jo Drysdall and her suitably attired models explore the history, construction and modern day revival of corsetry in fashion and wearable arts.


Political Designs: William Morris the Social Anarchist

Wednesday 14 May, 6 pm

Mark Francis, professor of political science at the University of Canterbury, presents a commentary on Morris the Marxist, revolutionary socialist and political agitator.

Supported by Montana