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.

June 2, 2020 10.00-13.00

TOUR: Arts & Crafts Wallpaper

DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. IF YOU ARE A TICKET HOLDER YOU WILL BE CONTACTED WITH MORE INFORMATION. An opportunity to get up close to items that are rarely on show to the public with …

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June 13, 2020 12.00 - 13.00

LECTURE: Ernest Gimson and the Morrises

As a 19-year-old trainee architect in Leicester, Ernest Gimson first encountered William Morris in 1884. Thirty years later – when …

July 6, 2020 10.00-16.00


Come and learn some of the needlework skills used in creating the original Morris & Co. embroideries. You will have …

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Latest news

  • Rainbows of Hope

    May 20, 2020

    It has been so inspiring and cheering to see the worldwide creative spirit of the rainbows expressing hope and thanks to our healthcare and frontline workers in your windows and community spaces during the lockdown. We invite you to create…

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    May 6, 2020

    Caricature of William Morris by Edward Burne-Jones, 1888 Edward Burne-Jones, well known for his beautiful paintings, also loved to create amusing caricatures of those dearest to him including his lifelong friend and colleague William Morris. His cartoons of Morris, many…

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