Opportunity: Society Manager

We have an exciting job opportunity coming up at the Society in the form of a Society Manager.

A senior role, instrumental in developing and furthering the work of the William Morris Society, its commercial offer and its membership. Working closely with the Society’s Curator and Trustees, the Society Manager will be commercially astute, a consummate communicator and networker, have excellent experience of working in the charitable and heritage sectors, and will be able to manage diverse stakeholders and their demands.

Salary c£28,000 pro rata 4 days/week, based in Hammersmith, London W6.
For more information please find the personal specification and full job description on our opportunities page or email office@williammorrissociety.org.uk

Closing date for applications 19 June 2015
Selection process to be held in Hammersmith 6 July 2015


6th June 2015 event

It is with great regret that Rachel Holmes has had to cancel her talk on Eleanor Marx on 6th June at Kelmscott House due to a family matter. We are contacting all who have booked advanced tickets to offer credit for any of our other events or a full refund. Many apologies for any inconvenience caused and the museum will be open that day as usual.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 2.15pm on 16th May 2015 at Kelmscott House.  Don’t worry if you’re not already a member—you’re still very welcome to attend and have the opportunity to learn a bit more about how we work. The meeting will be followed by a talk by Simon Daykin on the Arts and Crafts Hammersmith partnership project…

Creative Workshop

We’re running another one of our ever-popular creative workshops for children during the May half term. Further details can be found by clicking here….                            

Wednesday, 27th May

10.30-12pm and 12.30-2pm

Suitable for 6-12 year olds

£3 for one workshop or £5 for both

Booking advised

Join us for a day of creative workshops themed around Morris’ Trellis design. In the morning we’ll be crafting fabric and paper roses and in the afternoon composing nature poetry. Add your work to our collaborative display to create a giant, rose-covered trellis that even Morris would be proud of!

Treasurer Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity coming up on our Board of Trustees as we are currently looking for a new Treasurer. The role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the Society’s financial affairs, managing and mitigating financial risk. This is a strategic role with the Finance Manager (a one-day-a-week staff role) in charge of day-to-day financial operations. Please click here for further details…

The Peter Floud Prize

We are delighted to announce the latest recipients of the Peter Floud Prize:

  • Stephen Williams receives £300 for his proposed research on Robert Banner (1855-1910), a member of the Social-Democratic Federation executive and amongst those who left with Morris to form the Socialist League.
  • £100 to Natalia Martynenko-Hunt who is writing a thesis on J. H. Dearle and the Arts & Crafts Movement for the National Academy of Arts and Architecture of Ukraine.
  • £100 to Andrew J. Wood at the University of California, Santa Cruz who is writing a thesis on aesthetic experience as a politically mobilizing force, focusing on William Morris and on a 20th-century punk rock band.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Successful Heritage Lottery Fund Bid

We are delighted to announce that our partnership project with the Emery Walker Trust, Arts and Crafts Hammersmith, has secured £631,100 from Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will start in spring 2015 and includes improvements to our buildings, conservation, educational and participation activities. Fundraising for the final £150,000 continues and more news is to come in the new year. The media release can be downloaded here.

WMS Spring Exhibition: The Art of Philip Webb

21st March – 30th June 2015

 ‘Few ever heard of him just because he was so great a man’ – W. R. Lethaby, 1935

Philip Webb (1831-1915) was one of the great architects of the nineteenth century.  Although he avoided publicity, his influence was acknowledged during his own lifetime and he has since been called the Father of Arts and Crafts Architecture.  Webb’s approach to design continues to inspire architects, illustrating how his philosophy is still relevant today.  Webb was particularly concerned with honesty and practicality in design, together with the inclusion of regional architectural traditions and locally-sourced materials.  His followers included W.R. Lethaby, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, Ernest Gimson and Edward Lutyens.

Webb’s life-long friendship with Morris began in the office of G.E. Street, where both trained as architects.  However, Morris abandoned a career in architecture after a year in favour of becoming a painter and later, a designer.  Through Morris, Webb met Burne-Jones and Charles Faulkner; all four were to become members of the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company.

This centenary display highlights Webb’s collaboration with Morris, focusing on the lesser-known artwork that so clearly demonstrates the talent and skill that continues to inspire to this day.

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2015 – Our Diamond Jubilee Year

Unless otherwise stated:

• Events are at Kelmscott House starting 2.15 pm.
• Tickets: members, £6; non-members, £8; students £4
Applications for tickets should be sent to the WMS office – address at the bottom of this page. Stamped addressed envelopes should accompany all postal bookings.

The pre-booking of tickets for all events is strongly advised. Our historic Coach House lecture room has limited seating capacity and if you attend without booking beforehand you risk being turned away.


Saturday, 16th May at 2.15pm
Annual General Meeting
This year our AGM will take place at the Society
premises at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith.
Talk following meeting– speaker Simon Daykin on the Arts and Crafts Hammersmith project.

Saturday, 13th June 2pm till 5pm
Garden Party
Joy and Jock Birney (who live in the main part of Kelmscott House) are once again generously opening their garden and house to members and their guests for the afternoon. Tours of the main house for small groups will be available. Refreshments will be served.
£7 members, £9 non-members.
Sunday, 14th June 11am till 5pm
Open Gardens
We will be participating in the Open Gardens weekend
by inviting visitors to view the gardens at Kelmscott
House as well to look around as the WMS Museum.


Please note:
• Your participation at any event is at your own risk. The Society cannot accept any liability for injury, loss, or damage.
• Direct level access is available to the Coach House where talks take place. The rest of our
premises have limited wheelchair access.
• The Society reserves the right to cancel, alter, or postpone any events, as it may consider expedient or necessary.
• Refunds will only be offered if a cancellation or postponement is made by the Society.