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.

April 2, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Arts & Crafts Textiles Tour

An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with a specialist tour of both the Society’s premises and nearby Emery Walker’s House. The tour will explore the Arts & Crafts textiles in …

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April 13, 2019 14.15

William Morris and the Art of Biography

William Morris has attracted attention from dozens of biographers and memoirists since his death in 1896. How have depictions of …

April 17, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Family arts & crafts workshop: Springtime Fun!

Celebrate Spring at Kelmscott House inspired by William Morris designs! A workshop in two parts for children aged 6-12 years. …

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Latest news

  • New Editor for the Society’s Magazine

    March 18, 2019

    We are delighted to announce that Sarah Wilson has been appointed editor of The William Morris Society’s Magazine. Sarah is an experienced writer and magazine editor who has written for a number of publications including Homes and Gardens and Country Homes & Interiors….

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  • 2019 Kelmscott Lecture: speaker announced

    March 4, 2019

    We are delighted that Tristram Hunt, historian, former MP and current director of the V&A museum, has agreed to give this year’s Kelmscott Lecture. Dr Hunt will speak on William Morris: South Kensington & Socialism. The lecture will take place…

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