Letchworth Museum visit
Edmund Hunter textiles + the Garden City Movement
Sat 21st May 2011
First Garden City Heritage Museum
296 Norton Way South, Letchworth, SG6 1SU
The day begins with a chance to view the Women in the Garden City exhibition, which will include costumes.
This will be followed by a visit to the museum store with curator Vicky Rawlings, to look at Edmund Hunter’s weavings. Hunter moved his business from Haslemere in Surrey to Letchworth in 1908. The company produced woven textiles, mostly in silk, for private clients who included St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The company closed in the 1930’s.
Edmund used ancient myth, nature and religious symbolism in his weavings. 1
12.30 – Back to museum. Bring packed lunch.
1.30 – 3.30 Vicky will give a 15 minute introductory talk to the Garden City Movement. We will learn about Ebenezer Howard, the founder of the first garden city. The museum is housed in an Arts & Crafts building, the office of architect Barry Parker, who with Raymond Unwin designed a master plan for the first Garden City.and went onto to become the major pioneers of town planning in Britain.
Vicky has kindly offered to take us on a walk around Letchworth to look at the architecture and Edmund Hunter’s weaving works. She is hoping to be able to get access to Edmund Hunter’s house (extra ½ hour). There are plenty of seats en route for resting, and Letchworth is very flat, but wear your walking shoes.
£10 Booking for this event closes 1st May
This visit is limited to a maximum of 15 people.
Contact Meg Andrews
There are frequent trains from Kings Cross to Letchworth , the journey taking approximately 30 minutes. The station is 5 minutes walk from the museum. The store is a 10 min car ride away, so please advise if you are coming by car and can offer a lift to members who are arriving by public transport. By car A1(M) junction 9 or 10.