The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

Series 1 - Episode 2



There are tears of both anger and of self-doubt from two members of the Arts and Crafts artisan commune as personalities clash, pressure mounts and tempers fray. Once again Ilsa is at the eye of the storm as she has a skirmish with Rod and Abdollah who are building a bed, one of the week’s projects.

“I’m feeling fed up, I’m feeling like I don’t want to be here,” she wails. “I feel like I can’t give my opinion.” Meanwhile, Niamh, who suffers from imposter syndrome, has the other big task, embroidering a bedspread. But she’s not happy with the outcome – “I just didn’t believe in it”. Considering this is such a gentle experiment, it’s all rather intense.


Using original tools and techniques, the six 21st-century crafters are set to make from scratch a Victorian double bed and bed spread, a bedside clock and plaster-wall decoration in a week, all the while eating, working and living within the philosophies first outlined by the likes of John Ruskin and William Morris. Will their 1890s communal life help them to better understand the depth and scale of the arts and crafts movement, both as a power for artistic and social change? Once again, host Anita Rani is joined by contributors Keith Brymer Jones and Patch Rogers.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Anita Rani
Presenter Keith Brymer Jones
Judge Patch Rogers
Executive Producer Nick Catliff
Executive Producer Lisa Hazlehurst
Series Editor Jeremy Daldry
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