Where socialism meets stained glass / by Sasha Ward

 People's History Museum display, including illustrations by Walter Crane and his self portrait.

People's History Museum display, including illustrations by Walter Crane and his self portrait.

In the People's History Museum, Manchester, the story of working people in Britain is told through displays of cartoons, photographs, documents, banners and even stained glass. The section that includes William Morris and Walter Crane is shown above, on top of a photograph of Clarion van 3. The Clarion Vans spread the socialist word, touring from 1896 -1929. Van 3, made in time for a large Clarion gathering in Shrewsbury in 1914, was named after William Morris, to a drawing by Walter Crane that includes a stained glass sign and decorative panels between the windows. Photographs of the equally attractive Vans Nos. 1 and 2 below.