William Morris Gallery

London, E17 4PP

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Housed in a fine Georgian building, the gallery is the only one in Britain dedicated to the leader of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The gallery explores Morris's work as a designer, author, businessman and political activist, ranging from his utopian novel News from Nowhere to Morris & Co. furniture catalogues. He lived in the building that houses the gallery from 1848 to 1856, with his widowed mother and eight siblings.

The William Morris Gallery was crowned Museum of the Year 2013 for its major renovation and creative reinterpretation of the life and work of Morris.

To date, the gallery has run two successful Art Happens crowdfunding campaigns. In 2016, they raised almost £11,000 to enable ceramicist Clare Twomey to create a vast tile panel embellished with Chrysanthemum, one of William Morris's most compelling and intricate designs. In 2017 they raised over £15,000 to create a major new exhibition dedicated to the work of May Morris.

10% off shop

Valid to 1 December 2018

As well as work by contemporary designers and makers the shop stocks a range of products featuring William Morris’ prints and a wide selection of books for anyone interested in finding out more about Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

10% off café

Valid to 1 December 2018

The café offers a range of sandwiches, home-made cakes, hot and cold drinks, wines and beers. Simply relax with a glass of wine or enjoy afternoon tea while admiring delightful views over Lloyd Park.

The new displays range in scale from a full-room reproduction of one of Morris’s workshops to a single sheet of paper, on which Morris explains his rejection of a career as a clergyman to pursue a life dedicated to art.

His political activism is a recurring theme – one object is displayed against a background listing the speeches he made advocating socialism, while a ‘fighting for a cause’ board invites visitors to submit their campaigns alongside Morris’s own, ‘art for all’ and ‘abolish capitalism’.


Art we’ve helped buy at William Morris Gallery

Glorious Morris & Co stained glass and Burne-Jones tiles bought with help from the Art Fund are on prominent display, while the Brangwyn gift – made through the Art Fund in 1960 – is housed in a new space dedicated to Morris's protege.

Venue information

Opening times

Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm

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