The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris, England's best-known and most versatile and inspiring designer. It is housed in an outstanding Georgian grade II* listed building in Walthamstow that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856.
The internationally-renowned collections of the William Morris Gallery enable visitors to learn more about the life and work of this remarkable individual and his circle of artistic collaborators. Associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement, Morris was a major contributor to the Nineteenth Century revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production, and he profoundly influenced interior decoration throughout the Victorian era.
Holdings include original designs, textiles, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass, ceramics, metalwork, books, archival materials and various personal items, that offer a comprehensive view of the varied aspects of William Morris’s career – as a poet, designer, craftsman, retailer and social activist. The Gallery, which is owned and operated by Waltham Forest Council, underwent a major redevelopment during 2011-12, was crowned the winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013 and was shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2014.