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

We are delighted to introduce an exclusive collaboration with fashion company Warehouse!
A revolutionary Victorian artist, Morris introduced bold, repetitive patterns to textiles and interior design furnishings and created a collection of fashionable and influential prints that are still contemporary today. Now the in-house designers at Warehouse have hand-selected iconic, heritage artwork from our archives and produced limited-edition pieces to keep forever.  Encapsulating Morris’ signature style, the 30+ piece capsule focuses on iconic prints including, Blackthorn, Pimpernel and Indian.
Browse the collection here.

The William Morris Society is looking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees when Stephen Bradley steps down in 2023.

With 800 members worldwide, the William Morris Society celebrates the life and legacy of William Morris, the Victorian era’s greatest socialist designer and poet.

Based in Hammersmith, the Society runs a popular museum and shop from the coach house of Morris’s riverside home, Kelmscott House. It runs a successful series of talks and lectures on Morris’s life, work and its heritage collection. The Society also produces a magazine and academic journal which is distributed to its members.

This is an exciting time to join the Society, as it embarks on the development and delivery of its next forward plan. Following the pandemic and flooding to the Hammersmith headquarters the Society is looking to the future; to embed digital fully into all activity and to redevelop the Hammersmith site to meet the needs of current and new audiences.

Find out more here.

The Society’s museum will be closed this week for installation of our next exhibition, The Ideal Book: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 20 October.

The Ideal Book: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press opens in the Coach House next week. This is another chance to see our exhibition exploring the history and legacy of Morris’s Kelmscott Press. It features a number of Kelmscott Press books, original designs and proof pages, as well as the Society’s copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer which was the crowning glory of Morris’s printing venture.

This week we are delighted to host an exhibition in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Pilsudski Institute in London. Nispa Among the Ainu presents the character and academic achievements of the outstanding Polish ethnographer – Bronislaw Pilsudski – to whom we owe the phonographic recordings of the Ainu songs and speech.  By exploring the Ainu culture it touches on difficult anthropological issues, paying attention to the ethnic diversity of the world. It makes viewers sensitive to the problem of the disappearance of cultures and the still repressive treatment of national minorities.

The exhibition will be on display in the Coach House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. We will be CLOSED on Thursday to allow for installation.

The display of Arts and Crafts pieces by students from the Macbeth Centre in Hammersmith continues until the end of the week in the Print Room.

“Art made by the people for the people, as a joy to the maker and the user” – William Morris

We are delighted to have on display in the print room pieces created by the exceedingly talented students at Macbeth Centre in Hammersmith. The Macbeth Centre is an adult education hub that offers a large range of classes and courses that allow students to develop new skills and interests. The works are a diverse range including stained glass, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork and works on paper. The pieces demonstrate the continued importance of creativity and handcraft in our contemporary world.

On display from 22 September – 9 October

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of the Queen, as they mourn the loss of someone held dearly by so many.  

Over her 70 years as head of state, Queen Elizabeth II played an important role in the creation and restoration of London’s architectural heritage. 

We are marking our respect for Her Majesty by continuing to open to visitors as we feel she would have considered suitable and appropriate.

We’re excited to participate in London’s Open House Festival this year!

Our museum will be open on Thursday 8 and Thursday 15 September from 2-5pm; and on Saturday 10 and Saturday 17 September from 12-5pm.

On both Saturdays there will be printing demonstrations on William Morris’s Albion printing press. These will take place at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm; there’s no need to book, but due to space restrictions participants are limited to 10 per session.

The William Morris Society’s museum will be closed on Saturday 3 September. We apologise for any disappointment.

Would you like to contribute vitally needed support to The William Morris Society and enjoy an exciting range of supporter benefits? Our new tiered membership scheme offers the opportunity to do just that. Your contribution will help us grow our in-person and online exhibitions and talks, expand our important education and outreach work, develop and maintain our collection and museum, and perpetuate William Morris’s legacy.

Choose from one of three levels: Supporter (Strawberry Thief), Sustainer (Holy Grail Tapestries) and Patron (Kelmscott Chaucer)

Find out more and subscribe on our membership page.