Since 1964 William Morris’s Cotswold home at Kelmscott Manor has been under the care of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Such legacies come with considerable financial burdens attached and on September 25 the Society will be launching a £4.5m campaign to safeguard its future with an auction in their historic London premises at Burlington House.

Donations for the auction - conducted by Jeremy Morrison of Christie's - include antiquities, curiosities and activities, with Laud Veneris, a design by Edward Burne-Jones, among the eye-catching lots.

The evening is also an opportunity to enjoy the unique setting of the Antiquaries' headquarters off the courtyard of the Royal Academy.

Tickets for the event at £50, to include wine, cocktails, canapés and music, can be bought online at