In a reaction to the excessively ornate mainstream style of the Victorian era – described by art historian Nicholas Pevsner as “vulgarity in detail” - the Arts and Crafts movement promoted traditional craftsmanship, using simple forms, often medieval and romantic. 

This study day comprises three talks exploring the Arts and Crafts movement which emerged in Britain in the last decades of the 19th century. Proponents of the movement were also strong advocates of economic and social reform, bemoaning the rise of the industrial age. These talks aim to explore origins and influences of the movement in relation to other key figures and movements, and include, where possible, links to St Albans.

 The day will include talks on the following topics:

The Pre-Raphaelites and their artistic and social influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement (Tim Boatswain)

The Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris (Geraint John)

Reflections of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh (Chris McIntyre)

This Study Day is a partnership between Conservation 50 and the Cathedral.

Price: £25

Venue: Alban Room, Chapter House, St Albans Cathedral

Entry is via the Welcome Centre (Sumpter Yard). Please note that this event takes place on Level 1 of the Chapter House. Step-free access is available via a lift (please enter via the South Chapter House door).

Please email us when booking if you require step-free access so that we can provide directions, and so that we can make alternative arrangements in case of lift malfunctions.

Photo: The Picture House, Brickett, St Albans – an Arts and Crafts summer house by Frederick Wallen