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

Welcome

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.

Our museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

About William Morris

What's on

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

May 15, 2021 15.00-16.00

Online talk: A Kelmscott Chaucer for our times

William Morris founded his Kelmscott Press in 1890 in order to save the fine art of hand printing in Britain. When in 1896 his last book, the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, was published, it was universally hailed as the greatest …

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ALSO COMING UP

May 18, 2021 11.00-11.30

Coffee with a Curator – online talk

Join Curator Helen Elletson to explore some of the fascinating objects in The William Morris Society’s collection Earlier this year, …

June 4, 2021 16.00-18.00

Online embroidery course with Becky Hogg: Strawberry

**LAST CHANCE** BOOKINGS CLOSE 30 APRIL Learn how to make a stunning embroidered strawberry in metal threads with designer Becky …

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Latest news

  • Calling volunteers!

    May 6, 2021

    Do you have a few hours to spare? As we prepare for reopening our museum, we’re looking for volunteers who enjoy working with the public. If you have an interest in heritage, craft or design, or just want to meet…

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  • William Morris and Arsenic

    May 6, 2021

    Were Morris’s wallpapers responsible for poisoning his Victorian followers? And did he profit from his connection with the production of arsenic by Devon Great Consols? This blog scrutinises the facts and urban myths behind these accusations. https://johnballblog.wordpress.com/william-morris-and-arsenic/

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