The Hidden Stories Project

In 2014, Arts and Crafts Hammersmith was successful in securing Heritage Lottery funding for a programme of repairs and refurbishments to Emery Walker's home, at 7 Hammersmith Terrace, and William Morris's Kelmscott House.  

Both houses look onto the Thames just beyond Hammersmith Bridge and are a ¼ mile away from each other. The two men were great friends and worked together on The Kelmscott Press.  

The HLF funding includes initiatives to encourage local community participation in activities to deepen understanding about their lives, work, interests and relationships. 

In November 2015, I began work on the Hidden Stories Creative Writing Project  in collaboration with teacher Amy Barlow, year 8 and 9 students at Fulham Cross Girls' School and Simon Daykin from Arts and Crafts Hammersmith. Together we're writing stories both true and imagined and discovering the stories the houses hold. 

 Ms Barlow with FCGS students on the Hidden Stories project

These include the stories of Dorothy Walker, Emery Walker's daughter, and Elizabeth de Haas, her Dutch companion who lived at 7 Hammersmith Terrace and preserved the house as it was when Emery Walker lived there.  

It's completely due to the work of these two women that the house exists as the last surviving example of an authentic Arts and Crafts interior.