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William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park
Forest Road
Greater London
E17 4PP

The William Morris Gallery is closed for redevelopment until July 2012. It is being transformed into a world-class cultural destination where people of all ages will enjoy and be inspired by the life, work and extraordinary influence of William Morris.

William Morris, designer, craftsman, writer and socialist, was born at Walthamstow on 24th March 1834. The Gallery is situated in Water House, Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856. It is the only public museum devoted to this country's best known and most versatile designer, with internationally important collections illustrating Morris's life, achievements and influence.


There are permanent displays of printed and woven fabrics, rugs, carpets, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass and painted tiles designed by Morris himself, and by Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Webb, D. G. Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and others who founded the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company.

Outstanding exhibits include: Morris's medieval-style helmet and sword, made as 'props' for the Pre-Raphaelite murals at the Oxford Union; the original design for Trellis (the earliest of Morris's many wallpapers); the Woodpeckertapestry; the Beauty and the Beast and Labours of the Months tile panels; and The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer printed at Morris's Kelmscott Press.

The collections of applied arts are complemented by the Brangwyn Gift of paintings, drawings and prints by the Pre-Raphaelites and other Victorian and later artists. Temporary exhibitions and lectures focus on Morris and his circle and on the continuing craft tradition.

Temporary exhibitions run throughout the year:Park Lives22 May-14 July & 30 July-17 August 2008A photographic exhibition celebrating the people of Lloyd and Aveling Park in Walthamstow.

Additional Information:

  • Gallery shop with books, gifts etc, many of which feature Morris's designs
  • Educational resources - for details and to book group visits please ring
  • 'On-line' information about the gallery can be found through its web site.

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  • Directions

    15 minute walk from Walthamstow Central station (Victoria Line Underground and British Rail), buses from the station
    Public car park nearby.

    William Morris Gallery Postcode for SatNav: E17 4PP


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    +44 (0)20 8527 7070

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