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

Welcome

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.

July 2, 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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ALSO COMING UP

July 7, 2018 14.15

William Morris and the Utopian Tradition

William Morris is widely known as the author of News from Nowhere (1890), a utopian romance first serialised in the Socialist League’s …

August 7, 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

  • 2018 Kelmscott Lecture – tickets now on sale

    June 5, 2018

    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.

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  • AGM 2018 and talk by WMS President

    May 7, 2018

    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…

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