William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow: Hours, Address, William Morris Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

William Morris Gallery
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to William Morris - designer, craftsman, writer, socialist and conservationist. The Gallery is housed in the Grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856.The William Morris Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment and won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. William Morris Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Free entry.
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tearoomtraveller
24 contributions
Nov 2021
Couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable visit, only wish that I'd had more time!

This is a fantastic place to visit, whether you are familiar with William Morris or not. Beautiful designs and refreshing to learn more of his strong beliefs and involvement in socialism at the time.

The gallery is set in the lovely grounds of Lloyd Park, which even in mid November looked beautiful. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and even helped me further when I emailed after my visit to ask a question.

From what I could see, the gallery is fully accessible from the street and there is a lift inside providing access to all the floors. There are blue badge spaces within the gallery gates. There is a pay and display car park next door, but this only offers up to 2 hours, so if you're driving, you may want to park elsewhere. We had just under 2 hours in the gallery, but I think 3 hours would have been better.

The café looked wonderful, with plenty of options for different tastes and dietary requirements. It looked like a very popular spot. They had an amazing range of cakes available (the coconut and chia was particularly good) and loads of freshly made sandwiches too. Decent seating inside, albeit close together given Covid - we opted for takeaway and strolled round the park. On a dry day there is seating outside on a small balcony-like area overlooking the garden.

The gallery is wonderfully laid out and there are lots of different activities for children (and adults!) to enjoy, such as building, audio features, drawing, weaving etc. I thought the mirror repeat design activity was particularly clever. There is just so much to see for a relatively small space! Gallery 7 was especially interesting, I just wish we could say that we've achieved what Morris hoped and campaigned for.

This is a really special place. I can't wait to go back.
Written November 15, 2021
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Jubilatum
UK10 contributions
Apr 2022
Highly recommended. The William Morris exhibition is beautifully curated and covers the work and life of this astonishing man. It is full of exquisite things and interesting facts, and I came away fully informed and charmed. The exhibition is just the right size and very accessible. The building itself is also lovely (Morris lived there for a time), and the shop has a good selection of Morris merch, great for gifts and cards and books. The museum is run by the council and has free entry which is wonderful, but it's a nice idea to bring some cash to put in their donation boxes. Well worth a trip out to Walthamstow for.
Written April 11, 2022
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O6332QQjamess
Northampton, UK169 contributions
Jun 2021
I was last at the WMG 50 years ago on a school trip.
This is a beautiful place to visit. The story of Morris and the Arts and Crafts is excellently told as you move through the exhibition rooms.
The staff are wonderfully helpful and pleasant. The shop is well stocked.
The cafe looking out over Lloyds Park is very pleasant. Only reservation is that the cafe was not offering much choice in the morning. A minor quibble...
Written July 2, 2021
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Bicknela
London, UK44 contributions
Jan 2022
A handsome building set in parkland in a busy part of London. The Gallery is well organised and displays a great deal of material about William Morris and the wider Arts and Craft Movement. Regular interesting special exhibitions cover a broad range of related topics.
Written February 11, 2022
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StezzaWazza
Kennington, UK160 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I hadn’t visited the gallery since it’s extension a few years ago. What a beautiful, small museum. We went explicitly to see the Bauhaus exhibition, but the permanent collection is really excellent and well displayed. The 1750 house is a beautiful piece of architecture and works very well with the new extension. On a Saturday there was a busy, bustling food/farmer’s market in the grounds outside, which really added to the atmosphere. Even from South London it was well worth it and relatively easy to get to (Victoria Line, plus a bus or a brisk walk). Loved it!
Written January 29, 2020
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Robert W
London, UK3,857 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
This is the only museum dedicated to the life of William Morris who is noted for his arts and craft work which aimed to protect traditional crafts in a time of rapid industrial change.

The museum showcase his works and his designs which still look beautiful today. This place is for those who appreciate the natural world being incorporated into everyday interiors.
Written March 5, 2020
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Julia
Greater London, UK247 contributions
Feb 2020
The William Morris Gallery celebrates the life and amazing artwork (including wall paper and stain glass windows) by William Morris and some of his closest associates. Located in one of William's former homes, it is free to enter and is located just over a 10 minute walk away from the Walthamstow Central tube and overground station (buses also stop nearby).

I knew something about William Morris's artwork beforehand but I didn't realise his back story. Eg. his being a socialist and wanting art work to be available to all (not just for those with money). However, while it was great to see childrens activities around, they weren't always in great places (with a couple being in narrow spaces, making it difficult to see the artwork).

As this gallery is located over a number of levels, there is a lift available for those with mobility issues. However, there are some narrower sections, possibly making it difficult for those in wheelchairs.

The William Morris Gallery is aimed more at adults; however, school groups would benefit from coming here to (I believe there's a learning space available for use). What's even better, the gallery is free to visit and surrounded by a park.
Written February 21, 2020
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Richard C
Virginia655 contributions
Feb 2020
A bit off the regular beat in London, but if you fancy William Morris' work, it worth the short tube ride. When you get off the train, you can either catch a bus up Hoe Rd or take a 15 minute walk and you're there. Inside, you'll find an excellent collection of Morris' work in a house in which he lived as a lad. Walthamstow has changed a lot since his day (but hasn't the entire world?) The area is now alive with a better taste of London than you'll find in the usual touristed areas. Great spot, free, and Saturdays there's a wonderful local market out front.
Written February 25, 2020
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JaneR123
Manchester, UK289 contributions
Dec 2019
My daughter took us to this little gem full of interesting displays with a nice cafe, set in a sweet park and with small car park next door. A modest size with enough to keep visitors interested for an hour or so, a decent cup off coffee, a potter round the park and off. Just the ticket...and FREE.
Written January 11, 2020
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Catherine S
Cardiff, UK19 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Fabulous and Free! Highly recommend a visit. Beautiful setting, friendly staff. Highly recommend the cafe. Fresh food and delicious cakes! Well worth a visit and it’s free!!
Written February 24, 2022
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