The William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery occupies one of Morris’s childhood homes in Walthamstow, northeast London. As well as its primary displays centered on Morris’s life and works, it regularly stages special exhibitions related to the Arts and Crafts Movement and Morris’s modern legacies. To browse or search their collection, click here.
Morris’s beloved country home in Oxfordshire was preserved by his daughter May Morris as a memorial to her father. It is now cared for by the Society of Antiquaries of London. It is currently (summer 2021) undergoing repairs and extensive improvements to its visitor facilities. It is expected to reopen to visitors in the coming year.
Located in Bexleyheath, southeast London, Red House was William and Jane Morris’s home from 1860 to 1865. Designed by architect Philip Webb and furnished by William and Jane and their circle, the house is a significant early work of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is owned by the National Trust and regularly open to visitors.
Kelmscott House and the William Morris Society UK
William Morris’s London home from 1878 until his death in 1896, Kelmscott House is located on the Hammersmith Thames embankment in west London. It is a private residence, but the William Morris Society UK’s museum, collections, and offices are located in the home’s carriage house and basement.
Collections with Major Morris Holdings
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum of Art and Design in London holds a large collection of Morris & Co. materials, including fabrics, wallpapers, and designs. Morris was active in the early years of the museum, then known as the South Kensington Museum. In 1866, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. designed a refreshment room at the museum, a major early commission for the Firm; it is still part of the V&A café. Morris also turned to the collection to inspire his own designs and lent his expertise to acquisition decisions. You ca read more about Morris’s involvement with the museum and the museum’s holdings of Morris objects in a special feature on their website.
The British Library holds extensive collections of Morris books and manuscripts.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The Birmingham (UK) Museum and Art Gallery has an important collection of Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic, and Arts and Crafts art and design, including many Morris & Co. design drawings.
The Huntington (San Marino, CA, USA)
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is the repository of the Sanford and Helen Berger Collection, comprised of over 2000 books, designs, fabrics, stained glass, and other material related to William Morris and Morris & Co.
Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE, USA)
The Delaware Art Museum houses the most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the UK, including important Morris objects and several of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s portraits of Jane Morris.
Cooper Hewitt (New York, NY, USA)
The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, located in New York City, holds a strong collection of Morris & Co. objects.