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

With the approaching departure of our Magazine Editor we are looking for
someone to take on the role.
The William Morris Society Magazine is published three times a year and is
the Society’s most comprehensive method of communicating with our
membership. It includes features on Morris and his immediate and wider
circles, and covers a range of relevant news including updates on the
Society’s activities and Morris-related events.
This is an exciting opportunity to bring fresh ideas to the Magazine. We are
looking for someone with a desire to communicate all aspects of Morris’s life
and works, who can both commission articles and manage submissions from
our members. This person should have editorial experience, ideally in
illustrated publications, an excellent grasp of written English, complete
familiarity with Microsoft Word, some familiarity with Photoshop and the ability
to liaise with the designer over page layouts. Experience of picture research
will be an advantage.
The editorship is an unpaid post but travel and subsistence costs to attend
committee meetings and other out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
Our hope is that the role will be filled by someone who can continue to inspire
the wide appreciation of Morris’s multifaceted career, and foster fellowship
between Society members.
We would want to have someone in place following the publication in
February of the Spring 2019 issue.
For an informal discussion about the post, or to obtain a sample copy of the
Magazine please email the current editor, Susan Warlow:
Letters of application stating your relevant experience and abilities should be
emailed to

We were saddened to hear of the death of Sonia Crutchlow, whose connection with The William Morris Society went back more than 25 years. Sonia was involved with the organisation in a number of ways, as a member of the Society’s Committee and Chair of its House Committee, as the Society’s office manager and as an active volunteer in the Society’s garden. Most recently, she sat on the Joint Steering Committee of the Arts & Crafts Hammersmith project. Her knowledge, support and dedication will be greatly missed.

A full obituary will appear in the next William Morris Society Magazine.

Our new exhibition, Drawing with Light, is now open. It features previously unseen images of William Morris, his family and his homes, as well as Morris & Co. art works, including paintings and tapestries designed by Burne-Jones for Morris & Co. and tapestry panels designed by Morris himself and John Henry Dearle. In the Coach House, open on Thursdays and Saturdays 2-5pm.

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Our next exhibition, Drawing With Light, which features photographs from the Society’s collection, will open on Thursday 30th August. More information here.

Please note that the talk on Henry Halliday Sparling which was due to take place on 15 September has been cancelled due to ill health. We hope to reschedule it for another date and are sorry for any disappointment.

A new talk on Merton Abbey Mills will now take place on 8 September. Find out more here.

The lastest Working Paper from CUSP (the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity) explores the role of work in historical utopias including News From Nowhere, with contributions from Simon Mair, Angela Druckman and Tim Jackson. Read it here.


We are delighted that this year’s annual Kelmscott Lecture will be given on Saturday 20 October by awardwinning writer Sarah Woods. Tickets for PATTERNING: In Story, Society and Wallpaper are available now on our events page.

The William Morris Society’s AGM will take place on Saturday 12 May at 14.15. Please note that the Society’s premises will be closed to general visitors for the afternoon.

The meeting will be followed by a talk by Lord Sawyer of Darlington on ‘William Morris and me’. The Society’s new President will speak about how Morris has influenced him in both life and politics, and will show a number of Morris’s books from his collection that have been in the ownership of leading members of the labour movement and discuss their influence on their owners. All members are welcome to attend this free event.

We are delighted to announce that we have reached our target for fund to conserve the Honeysuckle design by May Morris. A very big thank you to all those who have generously donated to the appeal. The conservation work will now be carried out and the design reframed; we hope to display it later this year.