Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling

Ditchling became a centre for visual arts and crafts in the early 20th century. The museum holds a nationally important collection of works by the artists and craftsmen who were drawn to the village. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft offers a unique environment to see the objects in the village they were made.

Some of the artists associated with Ditchling and included in the Museum collection are Frank Brangwyn, Eric Gill, Philip Hagreen, Edward Johnston, David Jones, Ethel Mairet and Hilary Pepler.

The Museum reopened 21 September 2013 following a major refurbishment by Adam Richards Architects. A refurbished 18th Century cart lodge forms the entrance, café and shop and leads you to a beautiful new build made from engineered timber and then into the reimagined exhibition space.
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  • August 6, 2017
    This review is specifically about the Eric Gill exhibition. Museums have a responsibility to the community, to regenerate and build communities and address social issues, to intelligently reflect on c...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Given that the museum/gallery is in a small village near the south downs it really is quite impressive. It is also remarkable that so many artists worked together in the same small place. It is also i...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    Having had great difficulty parking anywhere near, even in this tiny village, we arrived feeling less than friendly. But the warmth of our welcome completely altered that. We were given an informative...  more »
  • Small but rich with interesting exhibits and varied, and often brave, specialist exhibitions. The tea room and shop are interesting and the staff friendly. Love this place. However, to appreciate some of the exhibits, one needs to take the time to read the available brochures and guides.
  • A gem of a museum, both for the outstanding collection of craft and design but also beautiful architecture and setting. See Dunstan Pruden's work there and then visit our workshop for a contemporary update!
  • Excellent little museum with things you won't find anywhere else. But over too quickly as it's a bit small. Another room or two and it would be perfect.
  • Excellent and elegant little crafts museum of local artists of repute, cafe and shop. If you are into design especially, this should probably be on your list to visit.
  • Superb local museum, exhibition and training/meeting place...with a shop and cafe! This sort of place revives your faith in the goodness of small and local. Hats off to the original founders, the Bourne sisters, and all the subsequent sponsors

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