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Signs of Ditchling: a tradition of lettering from 1800 to the present day
12 March 2016 – 13 September 2016
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In 1906 Edward Johnston gave a lecture on signwriting in which he emphasised the necessity of simplicity, distinctiveness and proportion. ‘Signs of Ditchling’ brings together an eclectic collection of signs from the history of the village to explore the tradition of signwriting which surrounded Johnston when he created the sans serif lettering for London’s transport network. From signs for an 18th century toll into the village, through the hand painted sign for the fire brigade’s wagon sign to that which hung outside the weaving workshop of Ethel Mairet and was carved in wood by Eric Gill’s workshop, exquisite lettering forms fill this exhibition.