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First-ever sleepover at award-winning gallery

Museums at Night – William Morris Gallery Sleepover 1
The award-winning William Morris Gallery hosted a rather unusual event on Saturday (16 May) as 40 visitors turned up with pyjamas for a special sleepover.

Families spent the night at the Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, as part of Museums at Night – a UK-wide festival that sees museums, galleries and heritage sites open their doors ‘after hours’.

The Expedition to Iceland Sleepover event at the Gallery was inspired by William Morris’ fascination with Iceland, the landscape, the people and its strong folk culture.

Families ‘set up camp’ in the Grade II* Listed building, laying out their sleeping bags before exploring the Gallery in darkness as part of a specially-arranged ‘explorers trail’ in which they used torches to decode runic clues about the objects on display.

They also took part in a printing workshop featuring Icelandic landscapes, watched a new specially-commissioned show from E17 Puppet Project about Sigurd the Volsung and got creative during a puppet-making workshop after they’d eaten breakfast in the Gallery on Sunday morning.

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About the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in the grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856, the Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment that attracted widespread public and press acclaim.

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 been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.

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