The Wardle Family of Leek and its Circle

An illustrated talk by Dr. Brenda King, design historian and author; Wednesday 29 April 2020

William Morris and other leading major figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement, leading Gothic Revivalist architects such as Richard Norman Shaw, Art Needlework practitioners, for example Jane Morris, along with A.L. Liberty, follower of Aestheticism, benefited from their close contact with the Wardle family of Leek. Brenda King will discuss how three members of the entrepreneurial Wardle family, Thomas Wardle, Elizabeth Wardle and George Y Wardle, were prominent figures in the late nineteenth century. They responded to complex international factors and contributed to these major movements through fine textile production using craft skills despite rapid industrialisation. The Wardle family’s rich legacy is played out against the Anglo-Indian silk trade.

Dr. Brenda King is a design historian, independent research, author, curator and Chair of the Textile Society (UK).

Her latest book ‘The Wardle Family and its Circle: Textile Production in the Arts and Crafts Era’ was recently published by Boydell and Brewer. It was very favourably reviewed on page 25 of November 2019’s edition of The Victorian.

Wednesday 29th April 2020 for 7.15 pm

Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS.

Cost:£8; No need to book