Social: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen vists Forest School

PUBLISHED: 09:56 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:56 17 May 2016

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Warden of Forest School, Antony Faccinello

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Warden of Forest School, Antony Faccinello

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Forest School celebrated the life and work of William Morris with guest speaker Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Shirley Spanjer, Donna Graham and Martyn GrayShirley Spanjer, Donna Graham and Martyn Gray

Forest School celebrated the life and work of William Morris on Thursday, March 24 with special guest speaker Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Held in the School’s historic chapel, and on the date of the great man’s birthday, Mr Llewelyn-Bowen started the evening’s talks by describing Morris as the ‘godfather of British pattern making’, encouraging the audience to join him in a campaign to have the renowned artist on British bank notes.

Former Forest teacher of 37 years, Mr Mark Spencer Ellis, spoke in detail about the School’s historical ties with Morris and his enduring legacy. The Brilliance evening also featured speakers from the William Morris Gallery; curator Rowan Bain and development manager Mhairi Muncaster. The evening was a huge success with over 330 guests in attendance, including the mayor of Waltham Forest, cllr Saima Mahmud. The talks were accompanied by a small exhibition showcasing some of Morris’ most famous prints.

Mhairi Muncaster and Rowan BainMhairi Muncaster and Rowan Bain

Mark Spencer EllisMark Spencer Ellis

Rowan Bain, Mhairi Muncaster, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Mark Spencer Ellis and Antony FaccinelloRowan Bain, Mhairi Muncaster, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Mark Spencer Ellis and Antony Faccinello

Luke Hornbuckle, Head Boy Callum Thomson, Finn Hardwick, Melike Ozkan and Head Girl Alex BushLuke Hornbuckle, Head Boy Callum Thomson, Finn Hardwick, Melike Ozkan and Head Girl Alex Bush

The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima MahmudThe Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima Mahmud

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