William Morris Gallery

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Feature List

  • Artist in residence
  • Guided Tours
  • Workshops
  • Disabled facilities
  • Artist workshop
  • Café

A Georgian villa dedicated to the life and legacy of William Morris (1834-1896).

'Water House' was the home in Walthamstow to which William Morris, together with his mother, brothers and sister moved after his father's sudden death in 1847. Built around 1750, and set in extensive grounds that includes a moat, the house speaks of the comfort in which the future radical socialist was raised, before he went away to study at Marlborough College, Wiltshire.

The house opened to the public as a museum in 1950 and underwent extensive redevelopment before reopening in 2012. It now houses a selection of award-winning displays for all ages, presenting the world's most comprehensive collection of material relating to Morris' work as a designer, artist and political activist. These range from the tapestries and textiles Morris designed later in his career, including the original design for the 'Trellis' wallpaper, to his old satchel and coffee mug.

Articles from the William Morris Gallery

Carien Kremer, Curator of the William Morris Gallery, discusses the history of the house and how it is curated

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Address:

Lloyd Park
Forest Road, Walthamstow
London
United Kingdom
E17 4PP

Telephone:

020 8496 4390

Email:

wmg.enquiries@walthamforest.gov.uk

Website:
http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/
Opening times:

Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Bank Holiday Monday 10am – 5pm

Tuesdays 10am – 5pm for guided tours and school groups

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