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William Morris

There is a stained glass window in All Saints’ Church which was designed by Edward Burne-Jones the Pre-Raphaelite artist and produced by the William Morris Company. Burne-Jones worked closely with William Morris, the textile designer, artist and writer, on a wide range of decorative arts, including this window. The glass was produced at the Whitefriars’ factory which was located in Wealdstone.

The children were fascinated by the 3 women depicted in the window and were able to recall the detail of the figures back in class. They wanted to know more about the mystery of the dedication plaque which is missing the name of the person who died. Some searched the internet for information pertaining to the inscription.

A trip to the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow gave the year group a chance to take part in printing workshops and interactive activities where they learnt about creating stained glass images. They were able to see William Morris designs represented in textiles, furniture, windows and wall hangings.

They also found out more about the Whitefriar’s Glass Company through a ‘Fields to Factories’ workshop at the Headstone Manor and Harrow Museum. Here they made tissue paper ‘stained glass’ and tried out ‘glass blowing’ in a simulated setting.