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.

October 20, 2018 14.15

2018 KELMSCOTT LECTURE: PATTERNING: In Story, Society and Wallpaper

This year’s Kelmscott Lecture will be given by awardwinning writer Sarah Woods. “Without order, neither the beauty nor the imagination could be made visible; it is the bond of their life, and as good as creates them. It both builds …

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October 23, 2018 10.00 - 16.00


Come & enjoy this embroidery workshop in the Coach House at  KELMSCOTT HOUSE! Learn to embroider in the art needlework style pioneered …

October 24, 2018 10.00 - 12.30

Family workshop: Printing with Light

“Printing with Light”: a workshop in two parts for children 6-12 years Be inspired by our exhibition of photographs “Drawing …

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Latest news

  • New exhibition in the Coach House

    September 24, 2018

    Our new exhibition, Drawing with Light, is now open. It features previously unseen images of William Morris, his family and his homes, as well as Morris & Co. art works, including paintings and tapestries designed by Burne-Jones for Morris &…

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  • The William Morris Society on Instagram!

    August 30, 2018

    You can now follow us on Instagram – click here or on the icon at the top of this page.

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