The Young Poland project could not have come to life without the collaborative spirit central to Young Poland and the Arts and Crafts Movement. It is part of an international partnership between the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest (WMG), the National Museum in Kraków (NMK) and the Polish Cultural Institute in London (PCI), generously funded by the ‘Inspiring Culture’ grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, as well as support from the WMG, NMK and PCI.
Special thanks to the heads of the partner institutions for enabling the project to become a reality: Andrzej Szczerski, Director of the National Museum in Kraków; Louise Fitton, Head of Museum, Gallery & Archives—London Borough of Waltham Forest; and Marta de Zuniga, Director of the Polish Cultural Institute. We are grateful to Marta de Zuniga for providing the initial funding commitment and vital help with fundraising.
We would like to extend special thanks to the Young Poland book’s godmothers—Rowan Bain, Senior Curator, William Morris Gallery and Lucy Clark, Commissioning Editor, Lund Humphries—for believing in the value of the book and making it possible.
To Young Poland Project Curators—Julia Griffin, Andrzej Szczerski and Roisin Inglesby; everyone at the William Morris Gallery and especially: James Gray, Marketing and Audience Development Manager, who first came up with the idea for a Young Poland exhibition, and Mhairi Muncaster, Retail and Commercial Development Manager, for her creative ideas; everyone at the National Museum in Kraków and especially: Kamila Hyska, Young Poland Project Manager (NMK), for her tireless professionalism and friendly manner, Dominika Treit, Head of Exhibitions, Joanna Niewidok, Head of Fundraising, curatorial and conservation staff—Alicja Kilijańska, Marta Kłak-Ambrożkiewicz, Bożena Kostuch, Joanna Regina Kowalska, Urszula Kozakowska-Zaucha, Magdalena Laskowska, Monika Paś, Łucja Skoczeń-Rąpała, Head of Paper and Leather Conservation, Magdalena Szewczyk, Registrar, Halina Marcinkowska, Senior Curator and Head of NMK Library, NMK Photographic Department—Beata Drabek, Patrycja Dzięgiel, Karol Kowalik, Tomasz Markowski, Adam Oleksy, Anna Olchawska, Joanna Pawłowska, Ewelina Słowińska, Łukasz Wojciechowski, Katarzyna Wojdyła; the Polish Cultural Institute: Konrad Zielinski, Paulina Latham, Joanna Śnieg; Lund Humphries: Lucy Myers, Sarah Thorowgood, the excellent project manager Anna Norman, and Rochelle Roberts; graphic designer Adrian Hunt; the extraordinarily expert copy-editor Abigail Grater; Linda Parry for acting as Academic Consultant for the book; Anna Myczkowska-Szczerska, lecturer of Visual Communication at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, for expert graphic design advice and help with the illustrations in the book, not least creating the splendid group portrait of our story’s cast of characters, as well as her vital encouragement with the project; Magdalena Laskowska, Curator of Works on Paper at the National Museum in Kraków, for providing specialist advice regarding Stanisław Wyspiański’s life and work; all contributors, institutions and individuals who have helped with this publication in a multitude of ways—kindly facilitating research, loans and/or the use of images of artworks from their collections: Anna Wende-Surmiak, Director of the Tatra Museum for generous help on all fronts, not least lending the museum’s expert conservator during a photographic session in Zakopane; William Morris Gallery; National Museum in Kraków, Collegium Maius Museum, Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, Franciscan Church in Kraków, Museum of Kraków including Rydlówka Manor House Branch, State Municipal Archive in Kraków, Wawel Cathedral, Wojciech Weiss Museum Foundation; Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków: Faculty of Industrial Design, Museum, Main Library; Society of Friends of the Fine Arts, Kraków (TPSP), S.G. Żeleński Stained Glass Workshop; Bank PKO S.A., National Museum in Warsaw, Literature Museum in Warsaw, Museum and Archive of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Okna Sztuki Auction House, Polish Army Museum, Rempex Auction House, Mazovian Museum in Płock, National Museum in Kielce, National Museum in Poznań and the Raczyński Foundation at Rogalin Palace, owners of Dom pod Jedlami (House Under the Firs Trust) and Willa Cicha (Silent Villa), Madonna of Częstochowa Old Church in Zakopane, Maria and Jan Szczepkowski Foundation, Lithuanian National Museum of Art in Vilnius, Victoria and Albert Museum, anonymous private collections; Antoni Bartosz, Edyta Barucka, Andrzej Betlej, Urszula Bukowska, Jacek Bukowski, Barbara Bogoczek, Katarzyna Chrudzimska-Uhera, Agata Ciołek, David Crowley, Maria Dziedzic, Anna and Piotr Dudkiewicz, Ewa Gaczoł, Mariusz Gad, Maria Gajek, Roksana Gawrońska, Przemysław Gembiak, Ted Griffin, Anna Grochal, Agnieszka Grunwald, Michał Hankus, Tony Howard, Lynn Hulse, Katarzyna Jakimiak, Danuta Janusz, Elżbieta Jastrzębowska, Joanna Kania, Jarosław Klejnocki, Zygmunt Kłosowski, Piotr Kopszak, Mikołaj Kornecki, Łukasz Kossowski, Anna Kozak, Carien Kremer, Łukasz Lutostański, Justyna Masłowiec, Anna Mason, Ewa Mickiewicz, Marcin Miller, Zbigniew Moździerz, Michał Murzyn, Michał Niezabitowski, Maria Ochalska, Patricia O’Connor, Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz, Piotr Ostrowski, Małgorzata Palka, Anna and Kasper Pawlikowscy, Kamilla Pijanowska, Helena Pitoń, Marta Podolska, Zuzanna Przypkowska, Karolina Puchała-Rojek, Natalia Puchalska, Agnieszka Rosales Rodríguez, Ewa Rossal, Anna Rudzińska, Jan Rydel, Barbara Schabowska, Leszek Józef Sibila, Agnieszka Skalska, Alison Smith, Pamela Smith, Malgorzata Sokołowska, Marcin Starkowski, Marek Szczepanowski, Stanisław Tabisz, Aleksandra Trybuła, Zofia Weiss, Małgorzata Wichowska, Jadwiga Wielgut-Walczak, Marta Winiarczyk, Monika Wiśniewska, Henryk Woźniakowski.