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Explore the legacy of William Morris in over 130 archived works from the Morris & Co archives.

William Morris (1834-1896) was a poet, craftsman, fervent socialist and one of the world’s most successful pattern designers.

This exhibition features works spanning the 1830s to the 1920s. Including framed original samples, as well as interior layouts, the exhibition will place the visitor into the 19th- and 20th-century interiors these wallpapers were made for. It is the first time many of these historic samples have been exhibited in the UK.

The largest section of the exhibition focuses on William Morris and his legacy. Featuring over 130 works from the Morris & Co archives, the collection includes some of Morris’ most famous patterns, as well as wallpapers by acclaimed designers such as Owen Jones, Dresser, Pugin, and Voysey.

The exhibition is curated by Mary Schoeser and produced by Dovecot Studios with the Sanderson Design Group Archive.

Book using discount code DAYSOUT50 and get up to 50% off you ticket until 18 February. If booking in person, just ask for the days out offer. For visits up to and including 18 February only.

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Decorative artsDesign19th century artModern artScotlandEdinburgh

Dovecot Studios

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1LT

01315 503660


Opening times

Gallery & Shop
Mon-Sat (10am-5pm)

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Mon-Fri (12pm-3pm)
Sat (10am-5pm)

Pinks at Dovecot
Mon 10am-3pm
Tue – Sat 9.30am-5pm

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff we have introducued various measures noted below. We are certified Good to Go by Visit Britain.

  • timed exhibition tickets
  • a one-way system around the building
  • hand-sanitising stations
  • increased cleaning
  • social distancing
  • face-coverings are to be worn throughout the building
  • plexiglass dividers between staff and visitors

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