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.

May 29, 2019 10.30 - 13.00

Out in William Morris’s Garden: Summer half term family workshop

Come to explore William Morris’s garden at Kelmscott House and create your own Flower and Animal designs! A workshop in two parts for children 6-12 years Session 1: Create your own photo on sunprint paper Session 2: Then create and …

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June 4, 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 …

June 15, 2019 14.15


THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE: a series of lectures on John Ruskin and William Morris Professor Robert Hewison John …

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Latest news

  • The William Morris Society’s AGM and talk by Professor Florence Boos

    April 18, 2019

    The Society’s AGM will take place on Saturday 18 May at 14.00, and will be followed at 15.00 by a free talk from Professor Florence Boos on ‘Morris’s Uncollected Essays: From Liberal Party Speaker to Socialist Elder Statesman’. All members…

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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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