A 100-word story: How it all began, 1912

POST1Marillier_blog-300x238On the 6 March 1912, following letters of outrage to the Times newspaper which demanded that the ‘deplorable condition’ of the tapestries at Hampton Court be addressed, King George V decreed that the William Morris Studios be entrusted with their care.  At the time, the tapestry collection was valued at one million pounds. A committee was formed to direct the necessary cleaning and repairs, but it seems they underestimated the task ahead! A previous statement by HM Surveyor of Pictures had declared,  ‘I think that careful mending and sewing together rents, and completing lost portions with pieces of other old tapestries …  would be all that is requisite’

Jo Wilson

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