Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age


Welcome to The William Morris Society, founded in 1955 to make the life, work and ideas of William Morris (1834-96) better known.  Our purpose is to share knowledge of the life and works of William Morris amongst our members and the wider public. We do this through our publications, events, education programme, library and exhibitions of work by and relating to Morris.


About the society

An introduction to William Morris

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain whose work dramatically changed the fashions and ideologies of the era. As a craftsman, designer, poet, printer, socialist, novelist, and environmentalist, Morris was not only influential in his own time, but his legacy remains alive and important today.

About William Morris

What's on

The Society has an exciting variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

October 27, 2017 10.30 - 13.00

October half term craft day: Gathering Leaves

Come and learn about William Morris at our Autumn half term craft day! The workshop will be split into two sessions: Session 1: Decorate a cloth bag with Autumn leaves inspired by William Morris’s beautiful designs Session 2: Make a …

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October 28, 2017 14.15


We are delighted that the Society’s 2017 Kelmscott Lecture will be given by internationally renowned historian of feminism and radical …

December 2, 2017 14.15

May Morris: A Daughter’s Story

May Morris was a skilful embroiderer and jeweller and she lived for much of her life beside the river in …

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Latest news

  • Would you like to chair The William Morris Society?

    July 18, 2017

    The Society’s Trustees are looking to appoint a new Chair for the Society when Martin Stott steps down in 2018 after four years in post. The role involves: Chairing Trustee meetings and managing Trustee/staff and Trustee processes – including convening…

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  • Latest on the Arts & Crafts Hammersmith blog

    June 29, 2017

    The craftsman who made one of the beautiful bookcases in our library recently visited the Society after more than 20 years. Read the story of his visit here.

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