The William Morris Society

The William Morris Society "I do not want art for a few, anymore than education for a few, or freedom for a few." William Morris 1879. The William Morris Society is a charitable organisation whose aim is to promote the life and work of designer, writer and socialist William Morris, one of the most outstanding figures of the nineteenth century whose influence and ideas remain as important today as they were in his own lifetime.
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Membership to the Society includes a number of benefits such as a quarterly newsletter, the Journal of William Morris Studies and a range of talks and events relating to Morris's life and works. We also run a small museum at our premises in Hammersmith, London, in the basement and Coach House of Morris's last home. THE MUSEUM (FREE ENTRY) Kelmscott House dates from the 1780s and Morris lived here from 1878 until his death in 1896. The Coach House, Library and Basement rooms are open to the public on Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 2-5pm. There are frequent demonstrations on Morris's printing press, and a well stocked shop. MORRIS AT KELMSCOTT HOUSE Soon after moving into Kelmscott House, Morris began experiments with weaving. He set up a tapestry loom in his ground floor bedroom and carpet looms in the Coach House. The latter were moved to his new works at Merton Abbey in 1881. The small rugs and carpets made here are known as Hammersmith rugs and bear the woven device of a hammer in the border. During the 1870s Morris had become increasingly active in politics. In 1883 he joined the Socialist Democratic Federation and established a branch which met in the Coach House. When he left the Federation in 1885 to form the Socialist League the meetings continued with many distinguished speakers such as Lucy Parsons, Peter Kropotkin and Annie Besant. This tradition continues today with speakers most weekends including Tony Benn. In his last years Morris embarked upon printing by establishing the Kelmscott Press in nearby properties. The Chaucer, the press's greatest book, was completed shortly before he died and one of the proofing presses used in its printing is now on permanent display. THE COLLECTION We hold the archive of the Kelmscott Fellowship and the Women’s Guild of Arts. Founded in 1918 by May Morris, Emery Walker and AH Verstage, the Kelmscott Fellowship was the forerunner of the William Morris Society, and they merged in 1966. With May Morris at its first President, the Fellowship aimed to keep Morris legacy alive through a series of events and exhibitions, and through an active membership which included Walter Crane, Georgiana Burne-Jones and Emery Walker. The Women’s Guild of Arts was established in 1904 as a reaction to the lack of professional art organisations willing to admit women. May Morris was responsible for organising the may lectures and events that appealed to a wide range of craftswomen. The archive includes minutes of meetings, accounts and membership lists. The collection contains a number of Kelmscott Press titles and working proofs as well as the only printing press used by Morris left in the country. Dating from c1835 it is fully operational and used on a regular basis by our artist in residence. The Society has a comprehensive collection of Morris and Company wallpapers, watercolour designs, and a selection of textiles, ranging from a Hammersmith rug and woven hangings to printed cottons, silks and embroideries. EDUCATION As a writer, designer, printer, passionate socialist and pioneer of the Arts and Crafts Movement William Morris remains an influential and inspirational figure. The Society offers many ways to learn about and enjoy the work of this eminent Victorian. Learning Outside the Classroom Visits from schools and local children are vital in strengthening the Society’s links to the community. Over the past 10 years, curator Helen Elletson has been working hard to expand our programme of educational activities. We particularly welcome pupils from Years 5 and 6 who are studying the Victorian period. You can choose between programmes on art, literacy and history and we tailor the learning to suit your needs. Learn about the Arts and Crafts Movement with an up-close look at fascinating artefacts including original textile designs, wallpaper samples, furniture, embroidery and Pre-Raphaelite drawings. Ten and eleven-year-olds can have a go at textile designing, weaving and painting on acetate to create their own “stained glass”. The success of these visits shows that traditional crafts that take their inspiration from Nature can still have a role in the lives of today’s gadget-obsessed kids. Citizenship Programme for Key Stage 2 and 3 Kelmscott House is now offering an innovative Citizenship programme with cross-curricular links to English and History for Key Stage 2 and 3. Teachers, go to the citizenship page to read more about the programme, how you can book your class to take part at the museum, or download the resources to carry out the workshops offsite. http://www.williammorrissociety.org.uk/citizenship.shtml ALSO Keep an eye out for FREE half-term and summer break drop in workshops! Here is just a small selection of quotes from the thank-you letters Helen received from the pupils of Year 6, Forty Hill Primary School, Enfield, who visited Kelmscott House in December 2008. “I didn’t know that he used a presser to produce his work plus he used stamps to put words in his books (wow that must have took a long time).” Pervin “William Morris is my favourite artist.” Sonny

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Merry Christmas Eve! On this day in 1896 the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press finished printin...
24/12/2020

Merry Christmas Eve! On this day in 1896 the Trustees of the late William Morris at the Kelmscott Press finished printing of Volume 6 of The Earthly Paradise. This image is of the version in our collection from the library at Kelmscott House, made of vellum, paper and silk ribbon.

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Our Hammersmith History Quiz is still available to play online if you are looking for a fun activity to do with loved on...
22/12/2020

Our Hammersmith History Quiz is still available to play online if you are looking for a fun activity to do with loved ones virtually this holiday season.

Find the link to our quiz here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpi_-D7P6jg&t=5s

Are you up for the challenge?

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Today is officially the first day of winter in the UK. We are sharing this short verse ‘Winter’ from William Morris’s fi...
21/12/2020

Today is officially the first day of winter in the UK. We are sharing this short verse ‘Winter’ from William Morris’s final collection of poetry, Poems by the Way, published in 1891. This image features the verse over a printed cotton from our collection in the design ‘Cray’ in the yellow, cream and brown on yellow.

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If you are looking for a fun family activity to keep little ones busy this winter break, make sure you visit our website...
19/12/2020

If you are looking for a fun family activity to keep little ones busy this winter break, make sure you visit our website. There you will find lots of exciting activities to keep you crafting all holiday long! Featuring our brand new, very easy activity, Let’s Make Stained Glass Paper Angels!

Find all our free family activities here: https://williammorrissociety.org/create/

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Did you catch our activity with The Emery Walker Trust for the Ben Franklin House Virtual Children’s Christmas Fair? We ...
18/12/2020

Did you catch our activity with The Emery Walker Trust for the Ben Franklin House Virtual Children’s Christmas Fair? We made angel peg dolls inspired by the angels that appear in William Morris’ works. You can still access our activity, and the activities from our friends in the heritage world, as they will be up for you to have some creative festive fun with the family until 24 December.

Check out the activities here: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/virtual-childrens-christmas-fair/

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#freefamilyactivities
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Don’t forget last orders from our shop must be received by noon tomorrow, 18 December, for Christmas delivery. If you ar...
17/12/2020

Don’t forget last orders from our shop must be received by noon tomorrow, 18 December, for Christmas delivery. If you are still looking for a unique present, how about gifting a membership to The William Morris Society?

Society members receive our Magazine, the Journal of William Morris Studies, and discounted tickets for Society events, as well as supporting the work of the society to perpetuate the memory of one of the greatest men of the nineteenth century.

Find our more here: https://williammorrissociety.org/membership/

The first image is of the beautiful Dove and Rose patterned silk scarf in our shop.

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Don’t miss out on your last chance to buy Christmas presents from our shop. Orders must be received by noon on 18th Dece...
14/12/2020

Don’t miss out on your last chance to buy Christmas presents from our shop. Orders must be received by noon on 18th December to be delivered in time. Treat someone to one of our eco-friendly coffee cups in various Morris prints, like this one in 'Wandle'. Or keep your neck warm in these winter months in style, with one of our beautiful silk scarves.

Whoever you have left to buy for, find your remaining festive presents in our shop here: https://www.williammorrissocietyshop.com/

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For our angel peg doll activity we were inspired by the beautiful angels that appear in Pre-Raphaelite art, in particula...
12/12/2020

For our angel peg doll activity we were inspired by the beautiful angels that appear in Pre-Raphaelite art, in particular in stained glass windows and embroideries. This is a pencil, ink and watercolour drawing of an angel for an embroidery portfolio by William Morris from our collection.

To take part in our festive family activity for @benfranklinhouse Virtual Children’s Christmas Fair, all you need is a wooden peg, a pencil, glue, scissors and kitchen roll! You can also use wool/ribbon and felt tips to decorate if you like. Watch our video and download the instructions to find out how simple they are to make.

https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/virtual-childrens-christmas-fair/

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#artsandcraftshammersmith
#familyactivites
#christmasfair

Today is the Benjamin Franklin House Virtual Children’s Christmas Fair. We’re excited to reveal our free downloadable ac...
12/12/2020

Today is the Benjamin Franklin House Virtual Children’s Christmas Fair. We’re excited to reveal our free downloadable activity, Let’s Make an Angel Peg Doll! Check out the link to learn more, and to see the other fabulous family activities available to take part in, from our friends from other London Small Historic Houses.

https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/virtual-childrens-christmas-fair/

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#christmascrafts
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We are delighted to be joining in with @benfranklinhouse Virtual Children’s Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday 12 Decembe...
11/12/2020

We are delighted to be joining in with @benfranklinhouse Virtual Children’s Christmas Fair tomorrow, Saturday 12 December! Have a go at festive family activities from us and some our friends across the heritage world.

Check back tomorrow for the reveal of our activity and find out more about the fair here: www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org/event/virtual-childrens-christmas-fair/

Our Hammersmith History Quiz, in partnership with The Emery Walker Trust, is premiering today at 6pm on YouTube. The qui...
09/12/2020

Our Hammersmith History Quiz, in partnership with The Emery Walker Trust, is premiering today at 6pm on YouTube. The quiz will also be available indefinitely for you to play at a later date. Donations through our website are welcome and we thank you for your support! Gather your team and play along with us tonight, are you up for the challenge?

Find the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpi_-D7P6jg&feature=youtu.be

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Have you decorated for the festive season yet? Learn how to make these easy paper folded decorations to add some seasona...
07/12/2020

Have you decorated for the festive season yet? Learn how to make these easy paper folded decorations to add some seasonal joy to your home. They are simple but very effective, and you can use any paper you already have. We love how they look strung up on the fireplace at Kelmscott House.

Follow the instructions linked here to discover how to make them:
https://williammorrissociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Festive-Paper-Folding-Decorations-Instructions.pdf

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#handmadedecorations
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#art
#design

Congratulations to Alastair Carew-Cox,  photographer of three of the images used in the Royal Mail’s special Christmas s...
04/12/2020

Congratulations to Alastair Carew-Cox, photographer of three of the images used in the Royal Mail’s special Christmas stamps for 2020.

We stock some beautiful cards featuring Alastair’s photographs of Pre-Raphaelite stained-glass in our shop here: www.williammorrissocietyshop.com/stationery

Main image: Angel Musician, St James, Staveley by William Morris

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Today is a new month, which means a new Object of the Month! For December we are sharing this festive image of a ‘Vine’ ...
01/12/2020

Today is a new month, which means a new Object of the Month! For December we are sharing this festive image of a ‘Vine’ wallpaper in the colourway green and beige on red. The design features grape bunches on a background of willow leaves with stylised scrolling branches and was created during Morris’ very busy wallpaper production phase in 1871-1876.

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Did you miss out on our special offer yesterday? Not to worry, this week we are offering 10% off all bags in our online ...
30/11/2020

Did you miss out on our special offer yesterday? Not to worry, this week we are offering 10% off all bags in our online shop, perfect for a gift, or for carrying all your gifts in! Use the code BAG10 for your discount, valid until end of Saturday.

Visit: www.williammorrissocietyshop.com to shop

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#specialoffer
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A reminder that today only we are offering 15% off everything in our shop with the code SUNDAY15 for #MuseumShopSunday. ...
29/11/2020

A reminder that today only we are offering 15% off everything in our shop with the code SUNDAY15 for #MuseumShopSunday. Use it to find the last of your Christmas gifts in our beautifully stocked online shop, or even purchase a treat for yourself.

Visit: www.williammorrissocietyshop.com to take advantage of this offer.

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We are delighted to collaborate with renowned embroidery designer Becky Hogg to create this gorgeous design, inspired by...
27/11/2020

We are delighted to collaborate with renowned embroidery designer Becky Hogg to create this gorgeous design, inspired by Morris's iconic Strawberry Thief. Make your own Strawberry brooch using metal thread embroidery - or why not add a hanging loop for a unique decoration for your Christmas tree?

Follow this link: www.williammorrissocietyshop.com to be the first to get your hands on this exclusive kit!

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Did you know that the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris? Along with architec...
27/11/2020

Did you know that the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris? Along with architect Philip Webb, Morris proposed that ancient buildings should be repaired, not restored, so that their entire history would be preserved.

This week is SPAB’s #NationalMaintenanceWeek and today is #NationalGuttersDay. We are sharing a lesser seen view of the back of our headquarters Kelmscott House, taken from our garden, in honour of the humble but essential gutter and as a reminder that it’s important to check rainwater goods after trees have dropped their leaves and before winter sets in! @spab1877

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We are excited that this Sunday we are taking part in #MuseumShopSunday and offering 15% off everything in our shop with...
26/11/2020

We are excited that this Sunday we are taking part in #MuseumShopSunday and offering 15% off everything in our shop with the code SUNDAY15. Set a reminder as the discount is available all day on Sunday only!

Visit our online shop here: www.williammorrissocietyshop.com to explore the beautiful homewares, books, craft supplies and much more on offer.

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#christmasgifts
#discountcode
#shopmuseums
#shopsmall
#sustainingculture
#shopunique

This Sunday the 29 November is #MuseumShopSunday and is the perfect day to show your favourite museum shop some love! Ke...
24/11/2020

This Sunday the 29 November is #MuseumShopSunday and is the perfect day to show your favourite museum shop some love! Keep your eyes peeled for a special discount code, which we will post later in the week, to use in our shop on Sunday.

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#williammorrissociety
#christmasgifts
#christmasshopping

‘If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream.’ William Morris, News from ...
22/11/2020

‘If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream.’ William Morris, News from Nowhere.

On this day in 1892 this version in our collection of News From Nowhere by William Morris was printed at the Kelmscott Press. It was originally published in instalments in Commonweal, the newspaper of the Socialist League in 1890.

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#newsfromnowhere
#literature
#printing

‘If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream.’ William Morris, News from ...
22/11/2020

‘If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream.’ William Morris, News from Nowhere.

On this day in 1892 this version in our collection of News From Nowhere by William Morris was printed at the Kelmscott Press. It was originally published in instalments in Commonweal, the newspaper of the Socialist League in 1890.

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#williammorris
#newsfromnowhere
#literature
#printing

‘If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream.’ William Morris, News from ...
22/11/2020

‘If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream.’ William Morris, News from Nowhere.

On this day in 1892 this version in our collection of News from Nowhere by William Morris was printed at the Kelmscott Press. It was originally published in instalments in Commonweal, the newspaper of the Socialist League, in 1890.

#kelmscottpress
#williammorrissociety
#williammorris
#newsfromnowhere
#literature
#printing

Have a look at our ArtUK curation; Pre-Raphaelite Escapism: Quiet Moments and Earthly Beauty, created by one of our cura...
19/11/2020

Have a look at our ArtUK curation; Pre-Raphaelite Escapism: Quiet Moments and Earthly Beauty, created by one of our curatorial volunteers! The curation looks at some of the quieter moments in Pre-Raphaelite art and highlights this reflective domesticity in the scenes that is familiar to our present-day reality.

https://artuk.org/discover/curations/pre-raphaelite-escapism-quiet-moments-and-earthly-beauty/view_as/grid/search/author:william-morris-society/page/1

Image is Wandering Thoughts by John Everett Millais (1829-1896), Manchester Art Gallery

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On this day in 1839 William De Morgan was born. William Morris and William De Morgan met in the early 1860s and remained...
16/11/2020

On this day in 1839 William De Morgan was born. William Morris and William De Morgan met in the early 1860s and remained lifelong friends. We are sharing an earthenware standing dish by De Morgan from our collection. The dish is decorated in red and copper lustre with a ship in the centre and a fish surrounding it. This standing dish shows both the whimsy of de Morgan’s designs, and the inspiration he drew from Renaissance art and design.

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This image of the Society’s headquarters, Kelmscott House, was printed by one of our volunteers on William Morris’s own ...
15/11/2020

This image of the Society’s headquarters, Kelmscott House, was printed by one of our volunteers on William Morris’s own Albion printing press. Morris purchased the press in late 1890 and it was one of three used by the Kelmscott Press.

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If you enjoyed our online exhibition 'A Place in Pattern', do read our recent blog post; Inspired by the East: Thomas Wa...
09/11/2020

If you enjoyed our online exhibition 'A Place in Pattern', do read our recent blog post; Inspired by the East: Thomas Wardle and William Morris, guest written by Dr Brenda King, Chair of The Textile Society.

Read it on our website and here:https://williammorrissociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Patterns-of-Perfection.pdf

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#textiles
#art
#design

Are you doing your Christmas shopping online? Visit our store for lots of beautiful and useful Morris-inspired gifts, bo...
07/11/2020

Are you doing your Christmas shopping online? Visit our store for lots of beautiful and useful Morris-inspired gifts, books, homewares and more. For a limited time get 10% off purchases of scarves with the code SCARF10.

Explore the shop here: https://www.williammorrissocietyshop.com/

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Remember, remember the 5th of November! #BonfireNight may be a little different this year but we will still be celebrati...
05/11/2020

Remember, remember the 5th of November! #BonfireNight may be a little different this year but we will still be celebrating with a toffee apple and some sparklers! In the spirit of toffee apples, we are sharing William Morris’s ‘Apple’ wallpaper design. It is a repeating pattern of apples and two type of foliage. This sample in our collection is in a pale blue, dark blue, brown and white colourway.

November’s Object of the Month is this Chrysanthemum Wallpaper, the design for which was first issued in 1877. It depict...
01/11/2020

November’s Object of the Month is this Chrysanthemum Wallpaper, the design for which was first issued in 1877. It depicts a two-layered pattern, with a background of leafy foliage, overlaid with meandering chrysanthemum flowers. This version is in a green and cream colourway, but it was also issued in several other colourways. Fittingly, chrysanthemum is the birth flower for November.

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Happy Halloween! Did you know that John Keats was born #onthisday 1795? This image is of a version of 'The Poems of John...
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween! Did you know that John Keats was born #onthisday 1795? This image is of a version of 'The Poems of John Keats' from our library and was printed on vellum and flower paper. It was published by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press in 1894.

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27/10/2020

Looking for a rainy day activity this half-term? Have a go at our new family activity. All you need is an old jar, some sharpie pens, paper and a pencil!

See the full instructions here: williammorrissociety.org/create

Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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Make sure you have changed your clocks, today marks the end of British Summer Time. To mark it we are sharing this penci...
25/10/2020

Make sure you have changed your clocks, today marks the end of British Summer Time. To mark it we are sharing this pencil and black outline watercolour illustration on paper, potentially by May Morris, from 1892. It is aptly called 'Autumn' and would have been a design for an embroidered cushion. What have you done with your extra hour today?

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#embroidery
#autumn
#art
#design

Looking for something to keep little ones busy this half-term? Have a look at the fun and free creative activities on ou...
23/10/2020

Looking for something to keep little ones busy this half-term? Have a look at the fun and free creative activities on our website. We’ve just added a new stained glass jar activity, which is the perfect autumn craft for kids.

See them all here: https://williammorrissociety.org/create/

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#craft
#williammorrissociety
#halfterm

Today marks Jane Morris’s 181st Birthday. Jane was a skilled embroiderer, and managed the embroidery department at Morri...
19/10/2020

Today marks Jane Morris’s 181st Birthday. Jane was a skilled embroiderer, and managed the embroidery department at Morris and Co. This piece from our collection, ‘Westward Ho!’ was stitched by Jane in 1885 and designed by her daughter May. It is a landscape format embroidery in silks, with horizontally scrolling foliage with buds and small flower-heads on a mid-blue ground. This photograph of Jane was taken by John Robert Parsons in July 1865.

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Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park Tube Bus Routes: 27, H91, 190, 266, 267, 391

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The William Morris Society is a charitable organisation whose aim is to promote the life and work of designer, writer and socialist William Morris, one of the most outstanding figures of the nineteenth century whose influence and ideas remain as important today as they were in his own lifetime. Membership to the Society includes a number of benefits such as a quarterly newsletter, the Journal of William Morris Studies and a range of talks and events relating to Morris's life and works. We also run a small museum at our premises in Hammersmith, London, in the basement and Coach House of Morris's last home. THE MUSEUM (FREE ENTRY) Kelmscott House dates from the 1780s and Morris lived here from 1878 until his death in 1896. The Coach House, Library and Basement rooms are open to the public on Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 2-5pm. There are frequent demonstrations on Morris's printing press, and a well stocked shop. MORRIS AT KELMSCOTT HOUSE Soon after moving into Kelmscott House, Morris began experiments with weaving. He set up a tapestry loom in his ground floor bedroom and carpet looms in the Coach House. The latter were moved to his new works at Merton Abbey in 1881. The small rugs and carpets made here are known as Hammersmith rugs and bear the woven device of a hammer in the border. During the 1870s Morris had become increasingly active in politics. In 1883 he joined the Socialist Democratic Federation and established a branch which met in the Coach House. When he left the Federation in 1885 to form the Socialist League the meetings continued with many distinguished speakers such as Lucy Parsons, Peter Kropotkin and Annie Besant. This tradition continues today with speakers most weekends including Tony Benn. In his last years Morris embarked upon printing by establishing the Kelmscott Press in nearby properties. The Chaucer, the press's greatest book, was completed shortly before he died and one of the proofing presses used in its printing is now on permanent display. THE COLLECTION We hold the archive of the Kelmscott Fellowship and the Women’s Guild of Arts. Founded in 1918 by May Morris, Emery Walker and AH Verstage, the Kelmscott Fellowship was the forerunner of the William Morris Society, and they merged in 1966. With May Morris at its first President, the Fellowship aimed to keep Morris legacy alive through a series of events and exhibitions, and through an active membership which included Walter Crane, Georgiana Burne-Jones and Emery Walker. The Women’s Guild of Arts was established in 1904 as a reaction to the lack of professional art organisations willing to admit women. May Morris was responsible for organising the may lectures and events that appealed to a wide range of craftswomen. The archive includes minutes of meetings, accounts and membership lists. The collection contains a number of Kelmscott Press titles and working proofs as well as the only printing press used by Morris left in the country. Dating from c1835 it is fully operational and used on a regular basis by our artist in residence. The Society has a comprehensive collection of Morris and Company wallpapers, watercolour designs, and a selection of textiles, ranging from a Hammersmith rug and woven hangings to printed cottons, silks and embroideries. EDUCATION As a writer, designer, printer, passionate socialist and pioneer of the Arts and Crafts Movement William Morris remains an influential and inspirational figure. The Society offers many ways to learn about and enjoy the work of this eminent Victorian. Learning Outside the Classroom Visits from schools and local children are vital in strengthening the Society’s links to the community. Over the past 10 years, curator Helen Elletson has been working hard to expand our programme of educational activities. We particularly welcome pupils from Years 5 and 6 who are studying the Victorian period. You can choose between programmes on art, literacy and history and we tailor the learning to suit your needs. Learn about the Arts and Crafts Movement with an up-close look at fascinating artefacts including original textile designs, wallpaper samples, furniture, embroidery and Pre-Raphaelite drawings. Ten and eleven-year-olds can have a go at textile designing, weaving and painting on acetate to create their own “stained glass”. The success of these visits shows that traditional crafts that take their inspiration from Nature can still have a role in the lives of today’s gadget-obsessed kids. Citizenship Programme for Key Stage 2 and 3 Kelmscott House is now offering an innovative Citizenship programme with cross-curricular links to English and History for Key Stage 2 and 3. Teachers, go to the citizenship page to read more about the programme, how you can book your class to take part at the museum, or download the resources to carry out the workshops offsite. http://www.williammorrissociety.org.uk/citizenship.shtml ALSO Keep an eye out for FREE half-term and summer break drop in workshops!

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Ground-breaking scholarship and lots of beautiful pictures!
Morris aficionados may like to know that Forum Auctions have a copy of the Kelmscott Press edition of The History of Godfrey of Boloyne - presented to Rugby School Library by Mrs Morris. Auction Wed 18th November 1pm. Estimate £1,500 - £2,000
I wondered if William Morris Society members would be interested in my new historical novel dedicated to the complex personal relationships of John Ruskin? Here is the latest review: "I would recommend this to any fans of the Victorian era and anyone who enjoys reading about interesting characters from the past...a gloriously lavish, engaging and immersive book." Click to read the full review...
Had an idea. Why don't those who like to sew make face masks using Morris fabric and they can be sold on line, perhaps here, and proceeds go to the Society.
KELMSCOTT MANOR : A short film. with William Morris prose.
Why is there William Morris Way in Wandsworth, London SW6? Did he live there? Work there? Thanks
My visit to The Red House!
https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Lorna-Moores-Creative-Art-Course-210325729432769/ FREE ART CLASS TASTER SESSIONS UNTIL MID APRIL...message me for details.
I can't believe I've only just found this site....absolutely fantastic ...thank you
Hi lucky to have these as window hangings or curtains if you prefer thanks and all the best
Anybody know the William Morris fable referred to in this 1906 Socialist editorial? It doesn't ring any bells for me: