Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

This week I visited the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. This is a small museum in rural East Sussex but I  was struck by the beauty of the building and the thoughtfulness of its displays. The museum holds an internationally important collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who formed a creative community in the village of Ditchling in the Sussex South Downs at the beginning of the 20th century. Many artists and craftspeople established the village as an important hub for the arts and crafts movement in Britain. A pivotal artist included Eric Gill who set up the Ditchling Press in 1913 (and who created the Gill Sans font), the calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the Johnston typeface used for London Underground), the painter David Jones, the printer Hilary Pepler and the weaver Ethel Mairet. The museum was re-designed in 2013 by Adam Richards Architects. Their scheme linked a traditional barn and a former school with a striking new building that is clad in black zinc panels. Internally the museum includes a chapel-like gallery which houses the Stanhope Press, which was used by Eric Gill and his colleagues to print their graphic designs and literature. The deservedly museum won a RIBA award in 2014. If you find yourself in East Sussex then i would definitely recommend you pay it a visit.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP.