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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  • 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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