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.

January 26, 2019 14.15

Mary Watts’s Diary: A record

In 1886, Mary Fraser-Tytler, Scottish artist of 39, married George Frederic Watts, thirty years older, then at the height of his fame as a guru of the London art world in the last decades of the nineteenth century. He suggested …

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February 13, 2019 10.00 - 16.00


Come & enjoy this embroidery workshop in the Coach House at  KELMSCOTT HOUSE! Learn to embroider in the art needlework style pioneered …

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 …

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Latest news

  • 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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  • Christmas opening

    December 18, 2018

    If you are out for a stroll by the river during the festive season why not drop in to our museum? Our opening hours during Christmas are: Thursday 20 December 2-5pm Saturday 22 December 2-5pm Saturday 29 December 2-5pm We…

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