William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery, opened by Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1950, is the only public museum devoted to English Arts and Crafts, designer William Morris. The Gallery is located at Walthamstow in Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856, the former Water House, a substantial Grade II* listed Georgian dwelling of about 1750 which is set in its own extensive grounds (now Lloyd Park).

The Gallery's collections illustrate Morris' life, work and influence. There are permanent displays of printed, woven and embroidered fabrics, rugs, carpets, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass and painted tiles designed by Morris himself and by Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Webb, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, and others who together founded the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company in 1861. Outstanding exhibits include: Morris' 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' many wallpapers); the Woodpecker tapestry woven at Morris' Merton Abbey workshops; the Beauty and the Beast and Labours of the Months tile panels; and The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer printed at Morris' Kelmscott Press. Other exhibits " such as the satchel in which Morris carried out his Socialist pamphlets, or the coffee cup he used on his weekly visits to the Burne-Joneses " provide a more personal glimpse of his busy life. The Gallery also has displays of furniture, textiles, ceramics and glass by Morris' followers in the Arts and Crafts Movement, which flourished from the 1880s to the 1920s. Among those represented are Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo and the Century Guild, William De Morgan, May Morris, Ernest Gimson, Sidney Barnsley, George Jack, C. F. A. Voysey, Harry Powell, Selwyn Image, Henry Holiday, and Christopher Whall. The collections of applied art are complemented by the Brangwyn Gift of paintings, drawings and prints by the Pre-Raphaelites and other Victorian and later artists, as well as works by Sir Frank Brangwyn himself.

William Morris Gallery Development Project
In March 2009 the William Morris Gallery was awarded round one funding of £80 000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The William Morris Gallery is currently drawing up plans for the major William Morris Gallery Development Project to extend and refurbish the Gallery. Should the Gallery win round two funding, far more works of art will be on display, the galleries will have been completely renovated and all of their facilities will have been significantly improved and made fully accessible. There will, in particular, be a dedicated space for school groups, a new study area and an excellent shop and tearoom. The Gallery will also be developing a programme of activities and events to make their heritage more engaging to a wider and more diverse audience.

Closure threat
In 2007, the museum faced a closure threat after its opening hours were cut back as a cost-cutting exercise, breaking a stipulation of gifts by Sir Frank Brangwyn, one of Morris' students, that works should be on view for a minimum amount of time weekly. Campaigners against the cuts include former Culture Secretary Chris Smith. A special campaign web site has been set up to oppose the cuts. The William Morris Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am”“5pm, with school and group bookings welcome on Tuesdays.