Welcome to the May Morris Digital Archive, an open-access resource put together to assist future research into the life and work of May Morris (1862-1938).

This digital resource attempts to consolidate in one place a list of the collections from across the world with works and archives by May. It also offers compiled lists of her writings and edited volumes, a bibliography, and further resources.

The lists and resources presented here are by no means exhaustive. As more works and archives come to light, and new research on May is published, this digital archive will be updated accordingly. If you see any errors or know of any material not listed here, please feel free to get in touch with the project coordinator, Thomas Cooper, at tc578@cam.ac.uk or on Twitter @ThomasC______

Who was May Morris?

May Morris was an artist, craftswoman, designer, teacher and textile scholar. She was a central figure of the Arts and Crafts Movement: a member and regular exhibitor of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society; co-founder the Women’s Guild of Arts; manager of the embroidery department of Morris & Co.; teacher at Birmingham Municipal School of Art, Hammersmith Art School and London Central School of Arts and Crafts; and a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

May designed and made textiles, predominantly embroidery, and jewellery, which she exhibited throughout Britain, continental Europe and further afield. She collaborated with other leading designers, craftspeople, artists and architects of the period. She also delivered lectures on a range of topics related to the arts and crafts in both Britain and the United States of America.