William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones (1874)
The William Morris Gallery on Forest Road in Walthamstow won Museum of the Year 2013, awarded by the Art Fund. This news combined with the showcase of Jeremy Deller's Magic England from Venice Biennale led me there at the weekend.
It is beautiful. The permanent collection is just enough to go through and get a sense of Morris's life and mission.
The space is not well set up for a temporary exhibition, considering it is a house, which is fair enough. But what's good about this is the interspersal of Deller's work in the foyers making them seem easy, less stern somehow and the exhibition doesn't overwhelm the collection - which it could do with bigger screens and the murals used in Venice (which they haven't exhibited).
The atmosphere in the museum is uplifting. It is manageable for little ones and oldies and you feel the conscientiousness of the staff. The gardens are worth a wander around.
Magic England is only on until this weekend 30th March 2014.