This week’s business card is more of a ‘leaflet of the week’….and somewhere that we have only just discovered and haven’t even visited yet!: Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft!
We picked up this leaflet on a recent trip to Parham House, another recent discovery – and a good one!
The Ditchling Museum was originally set up in 1985 by two sisters Joanna and Hilary Bourne (who were 78 & 76 at the time!) who had spent their childhood growing up in the village of Ditchling, East Sussex. As it says on their website: ‘It holds an internationally important collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who were drawn to the village.’
Not least of all a large body of work by sculptor, wood engraver, type-designer and letter-cutter Eric Gill.
In 2007 the future of the museum was in question due to the state of the building…luckily it was saved and a massive grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding from trusts, foundations and individuals meant that it could be re-furbished.
It was formally re-opened as the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft on the 20th of September 2013 by Sir Nicolas Serota (Director of Tate) – and is having it’s first birthday party this weekend!
It looks like a great party – our lovely stockist in Brighton; Unlimited is there with a pop-up print shop and so too are our friends at SORT Design who are running a ‘print your own bookplate’ session using their beautiful letterpress paraphernalia : ) We wish we weren’t busy on the market stall this weekend so that we could go!!