Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
This small but perfectly formed gem in East Sussex focuses on the artists and craftspeople who made Ditchling a creative hub in the 20th century.
Watch our video, featuring Ditchling's Director, Hilary Williams, and other supporters; and view our gallery, below.
The Ditchling Museum was originally founded by sisters Hilary and Joanna Bourne in 1985 as a place to display their collection of works by local artists such as typographer and sculptor Eric Gill, designer of the London Underground font, Edward Johnston, and printer Hilary Pepler.
In 2012 a £2.3m grant from HLF and other donors paved the way for a major renovation project, and the museum reopened in 2013. The new space has views over Ditchling, which allows the rare experience of seeing objects in the environment in which they were created. With a small team of staff and volunteers, and a limited budget, a bold vision has been the catalyst for a truly transformed museum.
Working with Adam Richards Architects, the complex site and buildings have been beautifully reimagined and are now fully accessible. A dedicated learning space celebrates creativity with an excellent programme for all ages. The museum is now a fitting home to celebrate Ditchling’s important place in art and applied art history in the United Kingdom.
Hilary Williams, Director of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, said: 'The museum is honoured to be a finalist for The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014. It is testament to the hard work from the staff, volunteers and supporters who have worked to turn this small local museum into an organisation of national standards.'
Download or stream our free audio guide to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, provided by VocalEyes, a nationwide audio description charity that provides access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people.