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A score for William Morris?

Residents across Waltham Forest are being encouraged to get behind a campaign to have William Morris feature on the next £20 banknote.



The Bank of England is calling on members of the public to suggest whose face should grace the next note, which will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts.



Staff at the borough’s very-own William Morris Gallery (the family home of the man himself) have taken to Twitter to drum up support for the designer, craftsman, writer, conservationist and socialist.



A recent editorial in the national Guardian also backed the man considered one of the most outstanding and influential designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement.



And Council Leader Chris Robbins has already put forward his nomination in support of Morris.



“William Morris’s artistic legacy is as strong today as it has ever been, so he would make an excellent subject for the new £20 note,” Cllr Robbins said.



“Waltham Forest is home to the only public Gallery devoted to Morris so it would be a fantastic result for the borough if one of our much-loved and internationally-recognised former residents were to be acknowledged in this way.”



You can nominate William Morris to appear on the next £20 note by visiting the Bank of England’s website.



Its eventual decision will be based on the strength of the contribution of the nominees, not on the number of times they were nominated. Nominations must be made by 19 July 2015.



The William Morris Gallery is housed in the Grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856. It reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment led by the Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.



Since its relaunch the Gallery has developed an ambitious contemporary programme, hosting Morris-inspired exhibitions by artists including Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller and Yinka Shonibare.



The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, was awarded the Art Fund prize for Museum of the Year in 2013 and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.

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