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 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 …

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Latest news

  • Could you be the next editor of our Magazine?

    November 13, 2018

    With the approaching departure of our Magazine Editor we are looking for someone to take on the role. The William Morris Society Magazine is published three times a year and is the Society’s most comprehensive method of communicating with our…

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  • Sonia Crutchlow

    November 5, 2018

    We were saddened to hear of the death of Sonia Crutchlow, whose connection with The William Morris Society went back more than 25 years. Sonia was involved with the organisation in a number of ways, as a member of the…

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