Welcome to the William Morris Society UK
'William Morris and arsenic: an urban myth'
The programme Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home (BBC4, 3 April 2013), contained a number of inaccuracies regarding the nineteenth century poet, designer and environmentalist William Morris and his attitude to arsenic in domestic wallpapers which we feel we really must correct. While it is true that for some years Morris was a shareholder in the Devon Great Consols copper and arsenic mine near Tavistock, he did not become a director until 1871. During the mid-1870s, he sold the most of his shares, and after 1877 no longer held any formal interest in the mine. Read More
The William Morris Society is a charitable organisation whose aim is to promote the life and work of 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.
You can find out everything you need to know about the work of the Society on this website, including:
- How to become a member of the William Morris Society;
- Visiting Kelmscott House, using our library and viewing our collection;
- Our education programme for schools, colleges and universities;
- Forthcoming Society events and trips;
- Society publications, Journal, and merchandise.
If you would like any more information about the Society in general, or a particular aspect of our work, you can contact us via the addresses on the Contacts page.
For more information about the life, art, writings and socialism of William Morris, the online archive of the Journal of William Morris Studies, and William Morris Society events in the USA, Canada and elsewhere, please visit the website of the William Morris Society of the United States at www.morrissociety.org and the William Morris Society of Canada at www.wmsc.ca
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Thursday 30 May 2013. 10.00am Visit to Kelmscott Manor
Saturday 18 May 2013. 2.15pm. The William Morris Society’s 58th Annual General Meeting
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The Winter 2012 number of the Journal (Volume XX, No.1) is now available. Read More
The Summer 2012 number of the Journal (Volume XIX, No. 4) is now available, and contains details of a previously unpublished letter by William Morris. Read More
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Winter Journal now available. The Winter 2011 number of the Journal (Volume XIX No. 3) is now available. This is a special issue on the theme ‘Morris the Green’, which examines the ‘greener’ aspects of Morris’s ideas. There are also articles on a newly-discovered image of William Morris, on the history of the Journal, and the latest installment of the William Morris Annotated Bibliography. Read More
Video of the launch of William Morris in the Twenty-First Century now available on the events archive page.