From an Artists’ House to a Historic House Museum. Multiple Histories of Kelmscott Manor (1871- 1967). The Making of the William Morris Memorial, Other Myths, and the Question of Alternative Narratives.
Central Saint Martins
The thesis offers a radical reassessment of the complex relationship between William Morris and Kelmscott, the historic country house he claimed he loved, and which inspired his work, but which he hardly ever visited, and whose tenure was not entirely happy.
The thesis has the dual purpose of investigating the origin and perpetuation of several myths about Kelmscott (through deconstructing key myth-making images, texts, events and activities) - mainly the process of it becoming a William Morris Memorial, whilst also uncovering its alternative histories as an influential yet unconventional artists’ house.
The thesis interrogates these two research perspectives, arguing that the former has marginalized the latter.