William Morris Society

William Morris Society
Kelmscott House
26 Upper Mall
Greater London
W6 9TA






020 8741 3735


020 8748 5207

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The William Morris Society aims to perpetuate the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age: William Morris (1834-1896).

Kelmscott House dates from the 1780s and is now chiefly associated with the designer, poet and socialist Morris, who lived here from 1878 until his death.

The premises are open on Thursday and Saturday afternoons 14.00-17.00 and at other times by appointment. School groups and private tours welcome.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Association or society

Opening hours

Thursday and Saturday 14.00 - 17.00

Admission charges


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

'Sigurd the Volsung' and Morris's debt to Old Norse Poetry and Prose

  • 11 October 2014 2:15-3:30am

Heather O'Donoghue will explore how Morris adapted his medieval sources - the Old Norse Völsunga saga and related poems in the Old Norse Poetic Edda - in the writing of Sigurd the Volsung. The talk will also touch briefly on how the poem reflects not only Norse myth itself, but also contemporary Victorian debates between mythologists and archaeologists, and show how the concept of Ragnarök, the Old Norse apocalypse, was to become of central importance to Morris's political philosophy.

Heather O'Donoghue is a Vigfusson Rausing Reader in Old Norse in the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre Collage. her most recent book is Poetry in Enghlish and Old Norse Myth: A History.


Members - £6
Non-Members - £8
Students - £4