These two objects, placed side by side, are a marvellous example of text-free interpretation. Presented with two examples of matching floral wallpaper, together they tell a visual story of the shift in interior design from the chintz and frippery of Victoriana to a more modern arts and craft aesthetic. With no words, labels or text panel this simple technique allows the objects to do the talking, while supporting the message of the gallery it resides in.
Museums and galleries with absolutely no text might be bit much for us in the heritage sector to swallow right now, but this is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of reducing our heavy reliance on words.
The William Morris Gallery is housed in Morris childhood home in Walthamstow, north east London. It was refurbished in 2012 and today is a museum dedicated to the story of his life, artistic works and political thought.