Monday, 6 October 2014

A Walthamstow Sunday

On an incredibly warm and bright October Sunday I decided to visit the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow to see a new exhibition and also walk to Walthamstow Village to look at the road set up for the Mini Holland trial.

Rossetti's Obsession: Images of Jane Morris runs until 4th January 2015 and is a beautifully curated exhibition of photographs, pastels and drawings of the wife of William Morris, This year marks the Centenary of her death and this exhibition is a travelling one in partnership with Bradford Museums and Galleries.  I really enjoyed this and will go back to some associated events as well. Opening times are Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and it is free entry.

A walk along Hoe Street and into St. Marys Road took me into Walthamstow Village to see the Mini Holland trial in action. As usual on a bright day Orford Road was busy with people and a few bikes. As I'm not a resident of an affected road I'll reserve judgement on it.

A short walk around the corner is the Vestry House Museum home of the archives of Waltham Forest and a place I visit regularly for exhibitions. I hadn't though known about their latest one Raids, Rations and Riots: Waltham Forest and the Great War which started last week and runs until Sunday 1st of March 2015. It is a thought provoking and informative exhibition which has displays about the Chingford Royal Naval Air Station which was situated under what is now the William Girling Reservoir as well as about the Walthamstow AEC factory that made the B Type bus from 1910. There are also many display items which tell the human cost that the Great War had on what is now Waltham Forest. This exhibition is also free and I would recommend a visit to both on the same day. This museum is also open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm