Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling

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Now showing: 'The Book Beautiful: William Morris, Hilary Pepler & The Private Press Story' | 'Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers Celebrate Ethel Mairet''s Legacy | 'Tadek Beutlich: Beyond Craft' | 'John Vernon Lord: A Catalogue of Life'.

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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  • Lovely small museum especially if you want to know more about print. There is also a lovely tea shop selling delicious cakes  more »
  • It is a compact museum detailing the works of the local artists depicted including Eric Gill. It features the many covers of Penguin Essentials designed here. Its worth a short visit if you are in the...  more »
  • Very small museum not worth the £7.50 entrance fee. Also it has an obsession with past resident artist Eric Gill conveniently ignoring the fact he was a serial abuser who should not be celebrated.  more »
  • A speciality, to be seen more as an integral part of Ditching, than just a Museum. Beautifully designed. Light 'n' airy. Independent, very active, and extremely friendly. Workshops, events, and courses. Light refreshments in a delightful gift shop, full of "art, craft, and design'. Ideal presents. Drop off only, as parking is but a few minutes down the road. Wheelchair accessible.
  • A beautifully put together museum of a local artist, Eric Gill, and his circle. Gill is perhaps best known for his typography, Gill Sans being used by the likes of John Lewis and the BBC, plus his sculptures on Broadcasting House and Guildford Cathedral. This museum sets him, and the community of 20th century local artists, in context. It is small and so the exhibits are few by major gallery standards, but the artist's story is curious, the shop full of art related items (such as the group of print makers around St Jude), and the little cafe welcoming. The various exhibitions often add greatly to the visit.
  • Interesting little museum. Fairly reasonable entry. Quiet little cafe and nice shop but very pricey. £30 for a little wooden spoon. Still worth a visit if you are interested in wood works and arty sculptures
  • The pictures say it all and with the boar being the biggest hit, it's a fun place to visit. A lovely museum, showing local history arts and crafts. I think they are doing some workshops, too. Great museum in great location. I came by bike from Burgess Hill, it was a bit of workout, so I welcomed the coffee shop/museum shop and toilets at the premises.
  • Wow what a beautiful place to visit wish I had stayed longer and had a good look around like it seems you did Roland sciving off the yourplace Brighton festival workshop in the beautiful art room all work !!!!!!
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