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

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.

May Morris: Art and Advocacy celebrates the 160th birthday of William Morris’s younger daughter May and is open on Thursday and Saturday afternoons. We hope you can visit us to discover the work of this remarkable woman.

Following a period of closure due to flood damage, we are delighted that the museum will reopen on Thursday 19th May and will be open on Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm. For more information see the ‘Visit’ page.

This weekend, historians from around the world are raising humanitarian funds for the British Red Cross DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal through a 24-hour online livestream ‘Historython’. Have a look at the fantastic programme of speakers and events and donate if you can!

 

 

 

Have you seen our new range of sustainable clothing inspired by William Morris? Developed with Teemill, every item is printed and shipped from the UK, sent in plastic-free packaging, uses natural materials and is designed to be returned and recycled at the end of its life. Even better, from 9am Friday to midnight on Cyber Monday, every order will fund the planting of a tree to recover CO2 from the atmosphere and support biodiversity.

Learn more and shop here

 

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