Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age


Welcome to The William Morris Society, founded in 1955 to share knowledge of the life and works of William Morris amongst our members and the wider public.

The William Morris Society is a registered charity.  If you are able, please make a donation to help us continue our education work, to care for our unique collection, and to preserve the legacy of William Morris. Thank you!

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.

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What's on

The Society has an exciting variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

June 26, 2021 14.00 - 15.00

Online lecture: Medieval Manuscripts and Private Presses: William Morris and his Followers as Collectors and Creators of Books c. 1891-1914.

  An online lecture organised by the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and co-hosted by The William Morris Society William Morris built a large library of medieval manuscripts in the last five years of his life, the period …

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July 17, 2021 15.00-16.00

Online talk: “What came we forth for to see that our hearts are so hot with desire”: Morris and Iceland

The four months William Morris spent in Iceland in 1871 and 1873 were transformational for him. Martin Stott will consider …

July 20, 2021 11.00-11.30

Coffee with a Curator – online talk

Edward Burne-Jones’s Saint Radegunda and Morris & Company in Cambridge Join curator Helen Elletson to discover some of the fascinating …

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Latest news

  • International Kelmscott Press Day – 26 June 2021

    June 24, 2021

    On June 26th, 2021, our colleagues at The William Morris Society in the United States are organizing International Kelmscott Press Day, a celebration commemorating the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Kelmscott Press and the 125th anniversary of the…

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  • We’re hiring!

    June 24, 2021

    The Society is currently recruiting for two posts: A Weekend Duty Manager A Museum Officer (Learning & Engagement) You can find full details of each role including how to apply here. The closing date for both posts is 29 June.

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