William Morris Gallery

Aerial view of the William Morris Gallery
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The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
Pre-booked groups and school visits also welcome on Tuesdays, 10am-5pm

Admission charges

Free of charge

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Design, Social History, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

  • john henry dearle
  • charles voysey
  • william de morgan
  • arts and crafts
  • william morris
  • frank brangwyn
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Maids of Honour embroidery

May Morris: Art & Life

  • 7 October 2017 — 28 January 2018 *on now

May Morris: Art & Life is the most comprehensive survey of May Morris’s work to date, bringing together over 80 works from collections around the UK, many of which have never been on public display.

The exhibition reveals the breadth of May's creative pursuits, featuring wallpaper and embroidery alongside jewellery, dresses and book designs, as well as sketches and watercolours. It focuses on May’s development of art embroidery – elevating needlework from a domestic craft to a serious art form – and highlights the extent of her influence in the UK and abroad, particularly the US.

A number of rarely seen works from public and private collections are featured in the exhibition, including a pair of expansive silk hangings, which May designed and embroidered in 1895 under the auspices of Morris & Co. The Spring and Summer, and Autumn and Winter panels are thought to have been commissioned for £150 making them most expensive entry in the Morris & Co. order book for that period, and a highlight of the exhibition.

Also on display for the first time is a hand painted Valentine card made by May for George Bernard Shaw in 1886, which was recently discovered among an uncatalogued album of cards sent to Shaw in the British Library's collection. May and Shaw were in love though he maintained he was too poor to marry her. He would later insist that a "Mystic Betrothal" had existed between them, yet this did not prevent him from establishing close relationships with other women at the same time. Despite being emotionally rebuffed, May recovered and the pair remained good friends.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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.
Craft activities

Family Day: Significant Seams

  • 27 January 2018 1-4pm

In January, Significant Seams bring their love of sewing to Family Day to celebrate May Morris's talent for embroidery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




Family Day: Printing from Nature

  • 24 February 2018 1-4pm

In February, celebrate Morris’s love of nature by creating gelatin (vegetarian) prints, working directly with plants and leaves.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Portrait in forest

Gail Chong Kwan: The People's Forest

  • 3 March — 20 May 2018

Chong Kwan’s The People’s Forest is a new body of photographic and sculptural work which explores the history, politics, and people of London’s ancient woodland. The works in the exhibition play with imitation and representation, modelling, collage, cutting and growing, bodily scale, and an interplay between two- and three-dimensionality.

A series of photographic portraits include people who look after, manage, and enjoy the forest, including arborists, volunteers, and people whom the artist met through the activities and events she hosted in Epping Forest. The photographs reference William Morris’ layering of medieval epics and themes in his childhood experience of Epping Forest and invites the viewer to get lost in the image surface whilst referencing the visual management or artifice of the ‘natural’ landscape.

Chong Kwan has also created a series of photographic prints, using collage techniques, which connect historic and contemporary moments and issues related to both Epping Forest, such as the M11 Link Road Protests, and forests more widely, including deforestation, which the artist has then hand-tinted with colour dyes created out of ingredients from the forest.

Further sculptural/photographic works and a work with which the viewer can physically engage will also feature in the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Family Day: Forest Cyanotypes

  • 31 March 2018 1-4pm

In March, taking Gayle Chong Kwan's work as inspiration, use paper collage and light sensitive paper to explore your experiences of Epping Forest.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park
Forest Road
Greater London
E17 4PP






020 8496 4390

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.