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Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling
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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.Make Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft a part of your Ditchling vacation plans using our Ditchling itinerary maker.
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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Considering the size of the museum it is expensive. The cafe is also expensive too. Not recommended.
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Try to catch the talk given about the museum. You will enjoy your visit even more. Very good exhibition - some rarely seen sculptures of the best creative people.
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft is crammed with historical and religious art, artefacts and sculpture. We visited as a family group (adults and teens) to view the Edward Johnston London Underground font (Johnston Sans) exhibition which reveals how Ditchling resident Johnston turned from a peripheral arts and crafts figure into a modern designer. Staff are informative, very friendly and welcoming. The museum is fully accessible, Café, gift shop and reception area are at the main entrance on Lodge Hill Lane. The design of the main gallery is elegant, the exhibits are well-lit, inspirational and engrossing.
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
Their website is not providing basic information but they have information on Facebook. "We're open 11am-5pm Good Friday + Easter Monday, 12-5pm during the weekend. Happy Easter!" No entry information on their website. The ART FUND site says: "Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.50)" Daily 11am - 5pm (Sun from 12pm)
very disappointing.The lovely athmosphere of the old museum,with Ditchling's history and past has disappeared.I use to take there all my visitors. this won' t be happening again.Money wasted
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