To find out about our current and upcoming exhibitions, please look at our Exhibitions and Tours page here.
Thursday Late Views
Join us on the first Thursday of every month for extended opening until 9pm. Keep an eye on the What's On page for news of special events and talks taking place during Thursday Late Views.
Thursday 6th June 2013
A free screening of Old Battersea House (1961), 7:30pm
To coincide with our exhibition on Old Battersea House, we will be holding a screening of the 20 minute documentary Old Battersea House.
This short documentary is a fascinating foray into the home of Mrs Wilhelmina Stirling, the eccentric occupant of this Grade II listed building in Wandsworth, South London. Mrs Stirling was the younger sister of Evelyn De Morgan, and proudly displayed within her extravagant home the highly symbolic paintings of Evelyn and the ceramics of her husband William De Morgan.
This Ken Russell-directed documentary is part of BBC’s Monitor series. The viewer is led through the house on a lamp-lit tour by Mr Peters, Mrs Stirling’s manservant. Mrs Stirling, in her nineties at the time of filming, regales the viewer with characteristic anecdotes about the Arts and Crafts couple and her thoughts on the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.
This is a wonderful opportunity to view the De Morgan Centre’s collection in its previous incarnation at Old Battersea House, where walls were completely covered by oil paintings and ceramics were crowded atop sideboards.
We hope you will join us for this exclusive opportunity to experience the stunning interior and the vivid personality that once occupied one of Wandsworth’s most spectacular buildings.
The screening will be held at 7:30pm in the museum cafe, with a second screening at 8:00pm if there is enough demand. This screening is free and seats will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Normal admission charges apply for entry to the exhibition.
Hidden Heritage: Mrs Stirling, Old Battersea House and the De Morgan Collection
1st May - 29th June 2013
This exhibition at the De Morgan Centre reveals a fascinating insight into the hidden heritage of Wandsworth and the unique personality of Mrs Stirling, a Battersea resident who displayed her substantial collection of Victorian art in one of the borough's finest buildings.
Find out more about this exhibition here.