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

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

The gallery was crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year 2013 for its major renovation and creative reinterpretation of Morris's life and work.

What to see

Immerse yourself in Morris’s prolific creativity, which encompassed textiles, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass, ceramics, metalwork and books. There are personal items too, such as his coffee cup, satchel, and a single sheet of paper on which he explains his rejection of a career as a clergyman to pursue a life dedicated to art.

His closest collaborators, including Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb are also well-represented.

Don’t miss

Take a lesson in bucking the trend and enjoy the tapestries that Morris devoted himself to, despite this art form being hugely unpopular at the time. He taught himself to weave – spending over 500 hours on his first attempt – and eventually succeeded in reviving this ‘noblest of the weaving arts’.

Did you know?

The highly influential Bauhaus school of art, which existed between 1919 and 1933, was itself deeply indebted to the work of William Morris. Its founder, Walter Gropius, acknowledged this relationship, but there has never before been an exhibition in the UK exploring the connections.

Now, William Morris Gallery presents Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus, an exhibition showing side-by-side for the first time objects made at the Bauhaus with objects from the Arts and Crafts movement (until 26 January 2020). This exhibition was made possible by the support of 328 funders through our crowdfunding platform, Art Happens.

William Morris Gallery

Free to all

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, Greater London, E17 4PP

020 8496 4390


Opening times

Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in café
Valid until December 2022
10% off in shop
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.
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