I give you the end of a golden string,
Only wind it into a ball:
It will lead you in at Heavens gate,
Built in Jerusalem’s wall.

William Blake, Jerusalem.


The Blake Society honours and celebrates William Blake (1757-1827), engraver, poet, painter & prophet. We are a serious but not a stuffy group. We bring together scholars and enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals on equal terms; and have been meeting regularly in London since 1985. Our speaker series includes scholars, artists, writers, radicals, and mystics.

We look for opportunities to continue the work that Blake began: exploring new modes of expression, and awakening the artist and prophet in each individual. Our past projects and events have included curating and hosting audio and video recordings of several Blake texts; discovering the actual location of Blake’s grave in Bunhill Fields; and recreating Blake’s river journey of 1780 (with a bit of help from the Royal Navy!) Each year, our Tithe Grant competition gives away one tenth of our annual income to an artist whose work transforms Blake’s ideas for our age.

We always welcome new members, and subscribers to our monthly email newsletter.

These pages contain information about our current projects and events programme, archives of past projects, and information about Blake himself.

The Blake Society is a Registered Charity, No 1106130.

The Society is run by an Executive Committee of Trustees who are elected to serve for a term of office of one year beginning at the Annual General Meeting. At the AGM on 12 January 2016 the following members of the Society were elected to serve as Trustees until the following AGM to be held in 2017:
Nick Duncan
Henry Eliot
George Fort
Luis Garrido (Treasurer)
Tim Heath (Chair)
Catherine Kelly
Josie McQuail
Paige Morgan
Antony Vinall (Secretary)
Christina Vinall

If you have questions about membership, or the Society in general, you are most welcome to contact us:

The Blake Society
St James’s Church
197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL

Tel: 020 7495 5654 or  079 106 73 114

To email the Society, please add one of the following prefixes to the suffix @blakesociety.org :

for Membership enquiries

for Donations, Grants and Financial Enquiries

for the Editor of the Blake Journal (please note that the journal has a long lead-in time so please do not send information about forthcoming events to this address)

for announcements or press releases that might be of interest to our members (for circulation via our e-bulletin and facebook page)

for submission of reviews for our website of films, concerts, lectures, books etc that celebrate Blake

for suggestions or proposals for future lectures, visits, speakers, topics, conferences or antinomian activities for the Blake Society (if you are organising your own event which may be of interest to our members, please email “news,” not “events”)

for impossible questions about William Blake (please first consult the resources in “About Blake” and staff at your school or university, if relevant, and bear in mind that impossible questions may take an impossible amount of time to answer)