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

Dr. Karen Attar, Curator of Rare Books and University Art at Senate House Library, has written a fascinating blog post contextualising the Kelmscott Press books within the setting of an academic library and showing how the books are used today. Read it here.

The charity Fine Cell Work makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. The William Morris Society is delighted to support this work and to announce that a range of products made in prisons and inspired by designs from our collection is now available.

You can find purses and glasses cases on our shop here, and cushions available exclusively through Fine Cell Work here. They would make very special gifts so why not start your Christmas shopping now?

Book now for our Symposium on Saturday 6 November exploring the legacies of William Morris’s Kelmscott Press. The Symposium will be held at St Bride Foundation in central London, and will also be livestreamed.  Keynote speakers are Dr Marcus Waithe (University of Cambridge) and Yoshiko Yamamoto (Arts & Crafts Press, Tacoma).

Read the programme here; book tickets here.

Early bird rates are available until 30 September!

The William Morris Society is temporarily closing due to flood damage. If you have tickets for upcoming visits we will be in touch soon. We are sorry for any disappointment and appreciate your understanding in these difficult circumstances.

On June 26th, 2021, our colleagues at The William Morris Society in the United States are organizing International Kelmscott Press Day, a celebration commemorating the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Kelmscott Press and the 125th anniversary of the publication of the Press’s edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Libraries, museums, and other institutions that own the Kelmscott Chaucer or other Kelmscott titles and related materials are encouraged to create digital and in-person displays, host activities such as talks and printing demonstrations, commission and show work by contemporary book artists and printers, or create any other type of event or content they think appropriate for the occasion. View the full schedule of online and in-person events here.

We are delighted to co-host an online lecture with the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. Learn more and book here. And do have a look at the Senate House Library blog which celebrates this anniversary, The Book Beautiful: Celebrating William Morris’ Kelmscott Press.

Individuals are also encouraged to follow along and share their love for the Kelmscott Press!

You can join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #KelmscottPressDay

The Society is currently recruiting for two posts:

A Weekend Duty Manager

A Museum Officer (Learning & Engagement)

You can find full details of each role including how to apply here.

The closing date for both posts is 29 June.

We are delighted that The William Morris Society’s museum will reopen on Saturday afternoons from 12 June.

There will be a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, and we recommend that you book your visit in advance as capacity will be limited.

You can find out more here.

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 new friends or learn new skills, we’d love to hear from you!

Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

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.

William Morris and arsenic