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.

October 23, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Half term workshop: The King of the Golden River

John Ruskin, who was born 200 years ago in 1819, originally wrote The King of the Golden River in 1841for 12 year old Effie Gray. It’s a story of the triumph of love, kindness and goodness over evil. In our workshop, …

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November 5, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textile Tour

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour …

November 6, 2019 09.30 - 17.00

Symposium: Morris & Co. Interiors

The Morris & Co. interior is an instantly recognisable aesthetic, devised to bring art into the everyday, and give joy …

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Latest news

  • Arts & Crafts Festival, Holy Trinity Sloane Street

    September 17, 2019

    This weekend is Open House weekend in London. Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Street is holding its annual Arts & Crafts Festival, with an inspiring mix of talks, workshops, displays and specially commissioned dance! You can find out more here….

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  • Arriving at Kelmscott Manor

    The Thames Journey from Hammersmith to Kelmscott – Day Six

    August 17, 2019

    The last day of our six-day trip was marked by much rain, frequent laughter, regret at leaving the Midsomer Maiden, and pleasure on arriving at Kelmscott Manor. This day, like the previous ones, began with a Morris Read-Around: each person…

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