April saw Ulgham WI being enlightened on the Arts and Crafts Movement. Carol Burnett brought along a wonderful set of slides and a range of books and guides.
The Movement was not interested in mass production, but vernacular building using natural, local materials, with items handmade, the work being seen as rewarding.
The key figures were Augustus Pugin, John Ruskin and William Morris. The Movement concerned itself with architecture, garden design, art, folk music, crafts and social change, including guilds, suffragettes, working conditions and building conservation. Carol told us about some of the women associated with it, such as Mary Neal. Louisa Marchioness of Waterford, May Morris and Gertrude Jekyll. She also mentioned local places associated with the movement to visit – Alnwick, Rothbury, Warkworth, Wallington and St John’s Church at Longhirst. We were also informed of things to look out for to identify an Arts and Crafts building, so no doubt we will all be looking at our surroundings in a different light.