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 22, 2020 10.00-12.00

WORKSHOP: Printmaking: Abstract Floral Motifs

Using William Morris’s own Albion Press you will have the opportunity to explore abstract floral motif making use of letter press typography to create your own cards. Expert printmaker Jenny Bell will show you how to look beyond the function …

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March 10, 2020 10.00-13.00

TOUR: Arts & Crafts Textiles

This is a rare opportunity to get up close with items that are rarely on show to the public with …

March 21, 2020 12.00 - 13.00

LECTURE: Morris: The Creation of a Beautiful Home

THE WILLIAM MORRIS BIRTHDAY LECTURE From childhood, Morris was obsessively interested in both places & things; a home was, in …

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Latest news


    February 1, 2020

    Trellis wallpaper, designed by William Morris, 1862 Trellis was the first design for wallpaper by William Morris, completed in 1862, featuring birds drawn by Morris’s friend and colleague Philip Webb. The William Morris Society owns five samples of Trellis in…

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  • New opening hours for The William Morris Society

    January 23, 2020

    We are delighted to extend our opening hours! From 1 February, we will be open from 12-5pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a free ten minute ‘Welcome’ tour at 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. No need to…

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