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On Thursday BBC London visited the William Morris Gallery to film the 11,000 signature petition protesting at council cuts to both opening hours and its world renowned staff.

The news item featured Councillor Reardon trying to claim all is well, and the opening hours are fine but being forced to admit it will of course be closed for Easter.

The Keep Our Museums Open” website has more information on the cut backs (story so far here), and the fight to reverse them.

Why not celebrate William Morris’s birthday on bank holiday Monday 24 March, from 12pmby joining local residents at the Changing Room Gallery in Lloyds Park, where I’m reliably informed teas, cakes and drinks will be available, as well as entertainment.


Protest has never been so much fun.  After 40 years the council closed St. James Street Library without consultation and under the outright lie of claimed refurbishment, stripping the area of a valuable resource.

Residents formed The St James Street Library Campaign and are holding their own open air library outside its former home at the top of Coppermill Lane (bottom of the market).

Come along every Saturday in March from 1pm till 3pm (possibly4?) to swap books, have a natter, help the campaign, and fill out their questionnaire (download here).

Word has it that since the council torched a quarter of a million of the borough’s books the open air library actually has a better selection than the main library!

Picture taken from The Londonist’s excellent coverage of a previous open air library.


A printed and beautifully bound copy of the petition to keep the William Morris Museum (and Vestry House Museum) open full time will be presented to the Prime Minister on Monday 21 January 2008 at 10.30am.The petition has over 11,000 signatures and messages of support from all over the world, including UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia, Belgium, Holland, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan…

Come and join in the presentation – local residents are meeting at Walthamstow Central at 9.00am on Monday morning, to arrive at Downing Street for 10.00am. Many will be in fancy dress, with beards and Morris masks, come as you are or with beard!!!

The petition is still open and gathering signatures, keep them coming in. The presenations will continue over the coming months. We

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