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The Book Beautiful: William Morris, Hilary Pepler and the private press story

12 September 2016 – 23 April 2017


This fascinating exhibition explores the influence that William Morris and his prominent Kelmscott Press had on the development of Hilary Pepler’s St Dominic’s Press.

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Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers Celebrate Ethel Mairet’s Legacy

17 September 2016 – 16 April 2017


An exciting live research project will bring to life this 100 year old book as we attempt to catalogue every natural dye recipe from Ethel Mairet’s influential publication with the help of artists, craftspeople and students from across the country and beyond. Ethel Mairet was an enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to ensuring that her lifetime of experimentation with natural dyes and textiles was passed on to future generations. A pioneer of the 20th-century modern craft revival in Britain, Mairet’s arts and…

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Tadek Beutlich: beyond craft

17 September 2016 – 23 April 2017


Polish-born Tadek Beutlich’s distinctive style and approach challenges the usual definitions of craft categorisation. As an artist, weaver and tapestry maker he would often be inspired to create his textile work directly from his prints, and yet he believed that to plan out a tapestry or weaving by sketching it with pencil on paper was to do a disservice to the material that he worked with. This complex relationship between fine arts and craft has much to do with his…

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John Vernon Lord: A Catalogue of Life

17 September 2016 – 16 April 2017


Visitors to the museum may already be familiar with the 1972 classic children’s book ‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’, a constant best-seller in our shop. What they may not know is that the author and illustrator, John Vernon Lord, has long been a Ditchling resident and many of his illustrations feature buildings and landscapes inspired by the village and its surroundings. In recognition of his contribution to Ditchling’s important printing history, our Wunderkammer plays host to a display of Vernon Lord’s…

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Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

28 January 2017 – 23 April 2017

Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD


We are delighted to be part of a consortium of nine museums and galleries from Sussex working with The Bulldog Trust on this major exhibition at Two Temple Place in London. Curated by Dr Hope Wolf, from the University of Sussex, the exhibition features over 120 works from the county including many from our own collection. Sussex Modernism examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts, and quaint villages of Sussex in the first…

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