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.

March 5, 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 with a specialist tour of both the Society’s premises and  nearby Emery Walker’s House. The tours will explore the Arts …

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March 14, 2018 10.00-16.30

Morris in Oxford: Politics and Design Walking Tour

Martin Stott and Jane Bingham This day long walking tour of Oxford will include some of the places most associated …

March 21, 2018 18.00-19.30

Book Launch: William Morris’s Socialist Diary

William Morris was the most prominent Victorian artist to embrace the new socialist movement of the 1880s. From 1883 to …

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Latest news

  • Book launch for new edition of Morris’s Socialist Diary

    February 1, 2018

    We are delighted to host a launch event for Florence Boos’ new edition of William Morris’s Socialist Diary on Wednesday 21st March. William Morris was the most prominent Victorian artist to embrace the new socialist movement of the 1880s. Written…

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  • Christmas opening times

    December 5, 2017

    Our museum will be open as usual on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2-5pm during the festive period. If you need a last minute gift, we have lots of ideas in our shop! You can find Christmas cards, calendars, handmade Morris…

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