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Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling

(2.9/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Charming village on the South Downs way. Unexpectedly elegant new crafts museum/gallery. Inspiring for font lovers; tells important chapter in 20th century British art. Brill shop. Good kids activitie...  more »
  • Loved this small museum. very interesting and Some classic UK work of letters for London Transport, and artists such as Eric Gill. It also has a lovely small shop and café. I love to visit this museum...  more »
  • Considering the size of the museum it is expensive. The cafe is also expensive too. Not recommended. 
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lovely museum, really well presented and very informative.