Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling

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Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is located in Ditchling, East Sussex, England (50°55′19″N 0°6′59″W, OS Grid Reference TQ 32486 15293). It specialises in showcasing the artists and craftspeople who made Ditchling a creative hub in the 20th century, such as Eric Gill, the sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer, Edward Johnston, designer of the London Underground font, and printer Hilary Pepler. These artisans were associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

The museum is located in the centre of the village just below Saint Margaret's Church on a site that was founded in 1985 by sisters Hilary and Joanna Bourne as a place to display their collection of local artworks. In 2012, a renovation project was commenced with funding of £2.3M via a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors. The refurbishment, completed in late 2013, was designed by London practice Adam Richards Architects. The museum was then opened by Nicholas Serota.
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  • A period post war that fascinated us, the Museum is one of the most peaceful places I have ever visited. Reflecting a bygone age, the exhibition is wonderful. Stop and browse the shop; the do...  more »
  • We are trying to visit everywhere that was included in an amazing exhibition in London, Sussex Modern in the Making à couple of years ago. Only a couple more to go, and Ditchling Museum is certainly....  more »
  • A lovely little museum in a pretty setting. My visually impaired friend particularly appreciated the black on yellow information boards. A small but well-stocked shop full of relevant and local items, and the cafe is good too!
  • Gorgeous museum, shop and cafe. The day we went there were free workshops and demonstrations on with local makers. The exhibition was very well curated and contained beautiful objects relating to craft in the local area and beyond. The museum is small but beautifully designed - will definitely be making the trip from London back again. Lots of brilliant walks around too!

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