Morley College Art Collection
29 October 2013
Established in the late 1800s by British social reformer Emma Cons, this adult education centre was founded as the Royal Victoria Coffee and Music Hall and was originally set up to offer ‘morally decent entertainment at affordable prices’. Hosting ‘penny lectures’ on the site that is now the Old Vic Theatre, Morley College moved to its present location in 1924 and was rebuilt in 1958 following extensive bomb damage. A main feature of this new building was the artwork, including murals by John Piper and Edward Bawden RA; and works by Bridget Riley, Maggi Hambling, Ruskin Spear and Oskar Kokoschaka. Vice Principal Nick Rampley leads our private tour.
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Edward Bawden Mural, Morley College