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.

August 22, 2018 10.30 - 13.00


William Morris taught himself how to embroider, and his daughter May was a talented embroidery designer. In this fun family workshop we will look at some of Morris’s designs for inspiration and then you will create and sew your own …

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September 4, 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 …

September 8, 2018 14.15

“Morris? We send him our dirty water!”

The history of Merton Abbey Mills, a textile factory near the medieval site of Merton Priory, dates back to the …

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Latest news

  • Talk on 15 September cancelled

    July 18, 2018

    Please note that the talk on Henry Halliday Sparling which was due to take place on 15 September has been cancelled due to ill health. We hope to reschedule it for another date and are sorry for any disappointment. A…

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  • The Future of Work: Lessons from the History of Utopian Thought

    July 3, 2018

    The lastest Working Paper from CUSP (the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity) explores the role of work in historical utopias including News From Nowhere, with contributions from Simon Mair, Angela Druckman and Tim Jackson. Read it here.  

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