Morley College & Gallery

Morley College is one of London’s largest and most successful centres for adult learning. It has been providing high-quality education for over 120 years and has a rich history dating back to the 1880s when visionary Emma Cons decided to lift the moral standards around Waterloo through the provision of ‘penny lectures’. As their popularity increased so did demand for more concentrated learning opportunities, and from this the College evolved. During its lifetime the College has been associated with some of the foremost figures of the creative and artistic world, including Gustav Holst, Sir Michael Tippett, Virginia Woolf and David Hockney.

Today, Morley offers over 2,500 courses covering a broad range of interests, from art & design, fashion, dance, drama, music and humanities to languages, health, English & maths and access to higher education.

Morley is committed to celebrating the achievements of  its adult learners through a lively programme of concerts, lectures, performances and exhibitions, and has several spaces dedicated to this purpose, including Morley Gallery.

Morley Gallery was established in 1968 and it runs a busy programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

V&A Museum at South Kensington

The V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The V&A collections consist of 226,747 museum objects and works of art which are suitable for long-term gallery display. In addition to the Display Collections there are 2,014,971 books, drawings, prints, photographs and archives which are available to see in the Museum’s Study Rooms or by appointment.

The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day. As well as toys, dolls, dolls’ houses, games and puzzles, the Museum also has a wealth of objects relating to many other aspects of childhood, including home and childcare, play and learning, clothing, representations of childhood, archival collections and ephemera.

In the Museum, rare hand-crafted objects such as the earliest surviving English rocking horse (from around 1605) sit alongside well-loved toys from the 20th century. Together, these objects allow us an insight into how different children might have lived, thought and felt, through the objects they were surrounded by throughout their childhood.

Rootstein Hopkins Foundation

Over a fourteen year period, from 1995 until 2008, the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation gave £8 million towards helping artists, art students, art galleries and colleges of art and design. Morley College was very fortunate to be one of the institutions benefiting from their generosity and making this the 2015/16 Inspired by the V&A competition and exhibition possible.

The Rootstein Hopkins Foundation is our major sponsor for Inspired by…

THE LINBURY TRUST

The Linbury Trust was founded in 1973, and has since made grants totalling more than £100 million. It is one of the group of grant-making foundations that are collectively known as The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. For further information visit www.linburytrust.org.uk.