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.

November 17, 2018 14.15

William Morris & Wood Engraving

This talk will focus on two decades in the career of William Morris – the 1860s and the 1890s, when he was directly concerned with wood engravings and the ‘art of the book’. First, as engraver himself, with the planned …

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December 1, 2018 14.15

Beyond Ophelia: A celebration of Lizzie Siddal

Lizzie Siddal was an artist, poet, and professional member of the Pre-Raphaelite artistic circle, and yet today she is remembered …

January 26, 2019 14.15

Mary Watts’s Diary: A record

In 1886, Mary Fraser-Tytler, Scottish artist of 39, married George Frederic Watts, thirty years older, then at the height of …

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Latest news

  • Sonia Crutchlow

    November 5, 2018

    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…

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  • New exhibition in the Coach House

    September 24, 2018

    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 &…

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