I have been a long-time member of the William Morris Society and a Trustee since 2011. I was elected Chair in May 2014 having been Vice Chair and Chair of the Communications Committee in 2013. It is based at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, London where Morris lived in the latter part of his life.
Until i stepped down as Chair at the AGM in May 2018 I led a major change programme at the Society which included its establishment as a Charitable Incorporated Organization in January 2015, a new visual identity and re-branding exercise with international design company Pentagram, and the launch of Heritage Lottery Fund-supported partnership with the Emery Walker Trust, called Arts & Crafts Hammersmith. I was elected Chair of the Arts & Crafts Hammersmith Partnership Board in September 2016.
The Society celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in September 2015 with a number of events including a symposium in Birmingham.
It is working closely with partners across the country on Morris-related programmes and exhibitions including Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller’s ‘Love is Enough: William Morris & Andy Warhol’ at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery which ran to September 2015. A joint symposium with Surrey University’s Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity was held in February 2018.
I have written a number of pieces for the Society’s publications – see my ‘articles’ page for some of them – including a review article for the ‘Morris the Green’ special edition of the Society’s Journal published at the end of 2011.
For the outcome of my work on the provenance of the Hammersmith Socialist League photograph, see the sub-section on this site.
The Society ran a trip to Iceland ‘In the foot steps of William Morris’, in July 2013 which I organized. This was successfully repeated in July 2016. I am currently working on a project coming out of this trip to put a series of about 100 contemporary photographs of ‘Morris in Iceland’ on the on-line edition of the ‘Icelandic Journals’ hosted by the University of Iowa, USA. These started to be posted at the end of 2013. My chapter on Morris and Iceland is due to appear in a ‘Routledge Companion to William Morris’ in 2019.