Letter: William Morris sadly neglected

Sir: Last week I attended a five-day study course organised by Birmingham University on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. I was sadly dismayed on my party's visit to Kelmscott churchyard to see the dilapidation of the great Victorian's memorial.

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UTOPIA (1516) by Thomas More

Hearing the horns of Elfland

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Letter: Labour's support for the arts

Sir: Certainly William Morris "wanted to integrate the city with the country", as you state in "Art lessons for New Labour", but his backwards- looking dream of a romantic medievalism coupled with the less useful part of the Arts and Crafts movement only gave us suburbia, those long miles of bypass, and Tudorbethan ribbon developments throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

Art lessons for New Labour

William Morris could teach the Opposition a thing or two about the need to combine politics with culture

Birds, fish and found objects - tiles of the unexpected

Forget the flock wallpaper, the tongue-and-groove pine, the picture window of Lake Lugano - tiles are making a comeback as wall decoration. You can commission tile artists such as Amanda Napp and Angela Evans to cover a wall or two with colourful contemporary patterns, or buy single antique tiles from a dealer such as Jonathan Horne to line up over doors or hang on stair ends.

Has Liberty finally lost the thread?

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Letter: How Ruskin saw Morris

Tim Hilton suggests that William Morris's politics "are not only irrelevant but objectionable". In fact Morris was a revolutionary socialist who argued that art could only be fulfilled in a society based on human need rather than profit. This explains why the Tories who run the Post Office prefer a stamp of Muffin the Mule to William Morris.

Letter: William Morris's socialist dream

Sir: A pity Jonathan Glancey (Weekend, 4 May) revives the old right-wing myth that William Morris wasn't a Marxist. From his later writings and actions it is quite clear he believed his dream could only be realised through replacing capitalism by socialism, and that this meant mass struggle against those holding wealth and power.

Letter: Favourite sons

Sir: In response to the raging debate (Letters, 24 April) about Walthamstow's most illustrious offspring, neither William Morris nor William Penn is in the running. Anyone on Walthamstow High Street could tell you that Walthamstow's most famous sons are the pop band East 17.

LETTER: Penn's place

Sir: In "Trails of the Unexpected" (20 April), I read: "October 1996 marks the centenary of the death of Walthamstow's most famous son, poet, artist, designer, socialist and much else besides, William Morris."

LETTER : Freethought

Your report of humanists in politics ("God may be dead ...", 14 April) is marred by a minor error and a major omission.

Off the beaten (dog)track

TRAILS OF THE UNEXEPECTED Far from going to the dogs, the last stop on the Victoria line is a repository of architectural gems.

LETTER : The pulpit and the hustings

Sir: We are told by Tim Montgomerie of the Conservative Christian Fellowship that "believers would bring a sense of honesty and probity" to politics (Letters, 10 April), and by Charles Brock of Mansfield College that without religion in politics "we are faced with a moral vacuum and political vacuousness" (Letters, 12 April).
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