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.

May 4, 2019 19.00 - 20.30

An Evening of Song

Don’t miss this wonderful performance by soprano Katie Hinchcliffe and pianist Callum Hüseyin of songs that would have been enjoyed by both the Morris and Walker families in their Hammersmith homes. The ticket price includes a glass of wine or …

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May 7, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textiles Tour

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour …

May 8, 2019 10.00-13.00

London Craft Week: Wallpaper Making Workshop With Allyson McDermott

During his career William Morris produced over 50 wallpaper designs, many of which are still available and popular today, and …

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Latest news

  • The William Morris Society’s AGM and talk by Professor Florence Boos

    April 18, 2019

    The Society’s AGM will take place on Saturday 18 May at 14.00, and will be followed at 15.00 by a free talk from Professor Florence Boos on ‘Morris’s Uncollected Essays: From Liberal Party Speaker to Socialist Elder Statesman’. All members…

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  • 2019 Kelmscott Lecture: speaker announced

    March 4, 2019

    We are delighted that Tristram Hunt, historian, former MP and current director of the V&A museum, has agreed to give this year’s Kelmscott Lecture. Dr Hunt will speak on William Morris: South Kensington & Socialism. The lecture will take place…

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