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.

April 21, 2018 14.15

William Morris & Red House

Red House was the only house commissioned by William Morris and the first independent architectural work of his close friend and collaborator, Philip Webb. For five intense years from 1860-65, it was a place of halcyon days – happy family life, …

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April 23, 2018 10.00 - 16.00


Come & enjoy this embroidery workshop in the Coach House at  KELMSCOTT HOUSE! Learn to embroider in the ART NEEDLEWORK style pioneered …

April 30, 2018 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textiles Tour

For 2018 we are offering opportunities to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public …

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Latest news

  • AGM 2018 and talk by WMS President

    April 5, 2018

    The William Morris Society’s AGM will take place on Saturday 12 May at 14.15. 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…

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    March 15, 2018

    The William Morris Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Lord Sawyer of Darlington (Tom Sawyer) as its new President. He succeeds Jan Marsh, who has served the Society with distinction for the past ten years. Tom Sawyer began his…

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