New Website

It has been a long time coming but today we’re excited to welcome you to the William Morris Society’s new website!

The same information is on this site, but you will find it via different menus. Please do be patient with us as we are all getting use to it, but if you notice that anything that isn’t working please do email us at admin@williammorrissociety.org.uk.

We hope you like the new site!

Exhibition: How We Might Live

How We Might Live: William Morris’s Socialism

1 November 2014 – 31 January 2015
Preview Reception 1.11.14 16.00 – 18.00

Opening on the same day as the 2014 Kelmscott Lecture on Saturday 1st November
William Morris & Me: Jeremy Deller

Walter Crane, Hammersmith Socialist League Membership Card

Walter Crane, Hammersmith Socialist League Membership Card

Morris joined the Democratic Federation, soon to be renamed the Social-Democratic Federation, in January 1883, and from then until his death in 1896 he propagandised and agitated ceaselessly for the Socialist cause. The Coach House of Morris’s beautiful riverside Hammersmith home became an iconic meeting place for Socialists, a place where every Socialist leader must have spoken.

In this historic location the WMS presents How We Might Live: William Morris’s Socialism, an exhibition that highlights his important contribution to the Socialist movement in the late 19th century and his enduring influence thereafter.

Morris’s Other Architect

29th November 2.15pm
Michael Hall
The early success of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. depended a great deal on commissions for glass and painted decoration from G.F. Bodley. Michael Hall, trustee of the WMS and author of a monograph on Bodley to be published by Yale Universtiy Press this autumn, describes Morris’s fruitful collaboration and friendship with this leading gothic architect.

Recital by Zadok Baroque

20th December 2.15pm
Kelmscott House in the festive season has become a happy tradition over the years for the period instrument ensemble Zadok Baroque, headed by Byron Mahoney on the traverso (or baroque flute). The group are invited back for the 12th year to provide a ‘baroque twelve days of Christmas’ with poetry and the early music aesthetic that Morris admired in his later life.
Tickets: £15 (£10 OAPs and Students with valid ID)
Book on website: www.baroque.plus.com or email: zadok@baroque.plus.com

Arts and Crafts Hammersmith

In this exciting partnership project between William Morris Society and Emery Walker Trust, we aim to bring the lives, influences and work of these two remarkable men to a wider audience. The project involves essential repairs and renovations to Walker’s house at 7 Hammersmith Terrace and improvements to allow much greater public access to this amazing interior and its collections; improvements to storage and important archives and their access at Kelmscott House; and a whole range of participatory and volunteering initiatives and activities. The spirit of these two men and their work and passions given pride of place – at the heart of their homes in Hammersmith.

With generous development support from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and The Tanner Trust, the project is nearing the end of its detailed planning phase. In September 2014 we submit final plans to HLF for major funds and, once approved, we aim to embark upon this thrilling adventure in spring 2015.

To know more about the project and the opportunities it holds, please contact project manager Simon Daykin at simondaykin@williammorrissociety.org.uk. More information as the project unfolds will appear here. Information on 7 Hammersmith Terrace and Emery Walker can be found here.