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.

February 20, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Family Workshop: An Icelandic Journey

“An Icelandic Journey”: a workshop in two parts for children 6-12 years On trips to Iceland in the 1870s, William Morris fell in love with its wonderful landscape and its traditions of craftsmanship. Be inspired by his trips to make …

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February 23, 2019 14.15

Kelmscott Manor: Past, Present and Future

The Society of Antiquaries has owned, curated and conserved Kelmscott Manor since 1962. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund …

March 4, 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 …

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Latest news

  • The William Morris Society: Opportunities to get involved

    January 23, 2019

    The William Morris Society seeks volunteers/potential trustees with skills in business development, financial management and communications. The William Morris Society is a fellowship dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Morris’ life, work and ideas and their contemporary relevance. The charity…

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  • John Purkis

    December 18, 2018

    We were saddened to hear of the recent death of John Purkis, who had been a member of The William Morris Society for almost 60 years. John served as Lecture Secretary in the early days of the Society, and was…

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