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 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 1890, he continued to maintain Morris and Co., but devoted most of this period to the cause of socialism. He …

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March 24, 2018 14.30

A Better More Beautiful World: The De Morgans, Their Lives and Legacies

Bust of Pan William De Morgan Circa 1872-1904 De Morgan Collection curator Claire Longworth will discuss the lives and legacies …

April 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 …

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Latest news


    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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  • Can you help us?

    February 24, 2018

    We’ve just launched an appeal to raise funds to carry out vital conservation work on one of the treasures of our collection, this beautiful Honeysuckle design for wallpaper by May Morris. Read more and support us here.

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