Friends of Red House

Friends of Red House were established in 1998 to help Ted and Doris Hollamby - who had lived there since 1952 - to keep the house open to the public. When the National Trust acquired the House in 2003 the Friends were asked to continue their work there, particularly in providing tour guides; staff for the shop and tea room; and gardeners.

The Friends, under the terms of their constitution, also offer practical help and support towards the maintenance, restoration and conservation of Red House and its garden. They have, for example, funded several items of garden equipment and contributed towards the cost of replacing the main gates.

The Friends publish a newsletter three times a year, which is sent to members, and promote Red House through lectures and a website. Social events, and outings, linked to Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement are organised.

As part of their fund-raising work, the Friends run a second-hand bookshop in the building at the house that used to be William Morris' stables. For further details click here.

By joining the Friends you can offer interest, support and enthusiasm, and you will be kept in touch with the events and developments at the house. Return to the Home page for a membership form. If you live reasonably near the house, you can play a more effective role by becoming a National Trust volunteer.

Our Patrons

Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen Interior designer and TV personality.
Linda Parry Author of biography of William Morris; formerly keeper of furniture, textiles and fashion at V&A for 30 years where she curated a major exhibition on William Morris in 1996.
Jill HollambyDaughter of former owners of Red House - Ted and Doris Hollamby.
Tessa WildWorked for National Trust for seventeen years, being curator of Red House from its acquisition in 2003 until 2016; author of book on the Red House - ' William Morris and his palace of art'; now an independent curator and Trustee of Emery Walker Trust.

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