Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
- East Sussex
- | 01273 844744
- | www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk
- Free entry with National Art Pass.
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Situated in the Sussex South Downs, the museum focuses on the artists and craftspeople who made Ditchling a creative hub in the 20th century.
The site was originally founded by sisters Hilary and Joanna Bourne in 1985 as a place to display their collection of local artworks, but in 2012 a £2.3 million grant from HLF and other donors paved the way for a major renovation project.
Designed by by Adam Richards Architects, the new space offers views out over Ditchling, allowing the works to be set against the backdrop of where they were created. The collection has also been refocused to provide a comprehensive account of the village's artistic heritage, leading the museum to be described as 'an unmissable stop on the Sussex art trail'.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft was one of the finalists for Museum of the Year 2014. To find out more about why it made the short list, watch our video.
The site is home to a nationally important collection of artefacts made by the arts and craftsmen who lived in the village, such as typographer and sculptor Eric Gill, designer of the London Underground font Edward Johnston and printer Hilary Pepler.
Visitor facilities include a café serving hot drinks and locally sourced cakes and a shop stocking books and gifts influenced by the museum’s collection. There is also a dedicated learning space which hosts activities for all ages, from early years' classes to specialist adult workshops and lectures.
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Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.50)
Tue – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Sun, 12noon – 5pm
Bank Holiday Mon, 11am – 5pm
Open all year - please see website for Christmas closure