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.

July 9, 2016 14.15

Listing in the 21st Century

Most of us are comfortable with protecting a Georgian townhouse or the remains of a Roman villa but what about our more recent volume of built heritage? How do Historic England decide what to assess today and how do they …

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July 22, 2016

William Morris Society trip to Iceland, 2016

  The William Morris Society is pleased to announce that, in association with Excellentia Global Travel Consultants of Reykjavik, it …

July 27, 2016

Summer Holiday Arts & Crafts Workshops: All about Weaving

Learn about William Morris.  Come along and create your own designs, bags, stories and more! Weds 27  July     …

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Latest news

  • Girl in a Liberty Dress


    June 22, 2016

    We are delighted to hear that Clara Drummond has been announced as overall winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2016. Clara’s portrait, Girl in a Liberty Dress, is of her friend, the artist Kirsty Buchanan whom she also painted for her…

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  • Iceland196

    William Morris Society Trip to Iceland, 2016

    May 27, 2016

    There are only a few places left on our summer visit to Iceland! The trip is organised in association with Excellentia Global Travel Consultants of Reykjavik, and we hope you are able to join us as we follow in Morris’s footsteps…

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