William and Eve Simmonds collection

Scope and Content

The Crafts Study Centre has listed together in this collection small offerings of letters, photographs and publications relating to William and Eve Simmonds, collected or produced by various admirers.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Simmonds was born in 1878 and trained as an architect. Subsequently he studied at the Royal College of Art and at the Royal Academy schools, exhibiting at the Academy from 1903. Eve Simmonds was born Eveline Peart in 1884, and studied painting at Westminster Art School. They married in 1912. In 1914 they moved to London, and William spent the First World War working as a mechanical draughtsman on tank design and later on aircraft design.

In 1919 they moved to Gloucestershire and William was an active member of the Guild of Gloucestershire Craftsmen, moving from painting to carving in wood and stone. Together they ran a puppet theatre, William carving the figures and Eve, who became a very talented embroiderer, making the costumes.


  • SIM/1 Autobiographical notes by Eve Simmonds, 1971
  • SIM/2 Photographs of Eve Simmonds embroidery, [1970s?]
  • SIM/3 Photograph of a child's dress made by Eve Simmonds, [1970s]

Access Information

The archival material may be viewed by appointment only.


This entry was compiled by Greta Bertram, Crafts Study Centre Curator, June 2020.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue on Crafts Study Centre database. A pdf copy is available on request.

Conditions Governing Use

Written permission must be sought before any archival material is published.

Appraisal Information

None timetabled.


None expected.

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