The history of publishing – William Morris and the Kelmscott Press

William Morris pattern

“If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful House; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful Book.” William Morris

The MA Publishing course at UCL runs a module which provides students with an opportunity to work on a ‘real’ publishing project.  Students received training in object handling, selecting and curating content from staff at the William Morris Society and produced a physical publication highlighting key aspects of the Society’s collections, focussing in particular on Morris’s belief in books as objects of beauty

Find out more on the project blog

Project Leads
  • Samantha Rayner, Director, Centre for Publishing, Department of Information Studies, UCL
  • Helen Elletson, Curator, William Morris Society