September 2023

Emery Walker: The Private Press movement

Welcome to The Arts Society Lunesdale
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 11:30
Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall
Borwick Lane Borwick, Carnforth LA6 1JL
Online Event

Emery Walker (1851-1933) 

Emery Walker (1851-1933) was a printer, private press publisher, book collector and an important figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement in the late 19th and early 20th century. A great friend of William Morris, he assisted him in setting up his Kelmscott Press, and was an active member of the Hammersmith Socialist League. He assisted many private presses, and later set up his own press, the Doves Press, with his friend TJ Cobden-Sanderson. He ran a highly successful photographic reproduction company, Emery Walker Ltd., specialising in reproducing fine art in books.

Morning lecture 11.30 start

Afternoon lecture 2.15 start

Coffee and tea are available before the lectures


Ms Kirsty Hartsiotis

Kirsty Hartsiotis has been the curator of the decorative and fine art at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham since 2008, and prior to that was the curator and manager of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. At Cheltenham she looks after the Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection, which includes the important private press archive, the Emery Walker Library. She’s curated many exhibitions on the Arts and Crafts and Private Press Movements, most recently Ernest Gimson: Observation, Imagination & Making

Passionate about sharing her deep love for and knowledge of the arts, she’s also a freelance researcher, currently researching Arts and Crafts war memorials and the work of Arts and Crafts designers in churches in the South West. She’s also been an oral storyteller for over 20 years, and has published a number of collections of stories. She’s the newsletter editor for Society of Decorative Art Collections, a regular columnist for Cotswold Life, and writes for diverse other publications on art history and folklore.