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Signs of the Seaside

From neon signs to painted shop fronts and dazzling pier-side lettering – the typography of the British seaside is about as iconic as fish and chips. This summer, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft invite you to explore the imagery of our coastal towns in their full illuminated glory!  

Shōji Hamada: A Japanese Potter in Ditchling

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

In 1921, young Japanese potter Shōji Hamada (1894 -1978) travelled with his friend Bernard Leach to the village of Ditchling in East Sussex. The pair journeyed from St Ives, where they had set up their acclaimed pottery with a traditional Japanese climbing kiln – the first noborigama to be built in the West, but it […]

Frank Brangwyn: The Skinners’ Hall Murals

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Eight mural panels by Sir Frank Brangwyn RA (1867 - 1956) will cover over 10 metres and span from floor to ceiling in a remarkable new exhibition at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

Dame Vera Lynn: An Extraordinary Life

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Dame Vera Lynn: An Extraordinary Life showcases over 100 objects from the estate of the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’, including numerous previously unseen personal items.

Taking a Line for a Walk

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft celebrates an icon of illustration, alongside work for children by his students and contemporaries.


This major exhibition from pioneer of public art John Newling features many of his acclaimed works spanning the past 40 years.

Women’s Work

This summer, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft presents a major new exhibition on the work of craftswomen who turned their practice’s into successful businesses between the two World Wars.

Max Gill: Wonderground Man

The work of Brighton-born MacDonald (Max) Gill - illustrator, letterer, map-maker, architect and decorative artist - will be celebrated at the museum this spring..

WonderCraft: Local Makers for Christmas

In a celebration of all things artisan we will be extending our renowned shop into the William and Margaret Rowling Gallery and Wunderkammer cabinet, where there will be a carefully curated collection of beautiful art and craft by local and British talent, all available to buy in the run up to Christmas.

Belonging with Morag Myerscough

Accompanying our exhibition Corita Kent: Get With the Action, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft invited leading international designer Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan to take over the museum’s Wunderkammer in a surprise visual display.

Belonging Bandstand

Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Belonging celebrates the spirit of seminal 1960s Los Angeles artist Corita Kent whose work brought together a belief in the strength of creativity, togetherness, love and social justice.

Corita Kent: Get With The Action

Corita was an artist, a famously charismatic educator and a Roman Catholic nun based in Los Angeles during the 1960s. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, her vibrant screenprinted banners and posters drew on pop and modern consumer cultures and became increasingly political throughout the decade.

The Meynells in Ditchling

The Meynells name has been a familiar one in Sussex and Ditchling since the turn of the 20th century: the bonds between Eric Gill and Wilfrid and Alice Meynell were forged through their shared Catholics beliefs and enthusiasm for typography when Gill was in his 20s and the older couple were in their sixties

The Village of Type

Various Venues (see details for more information)

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft celebrates 100 years of the lettering which can still to be seen across the capital’s transport system and became an iconic typeface for modernity.

Big Steam Print

Various Venues (see details for more information)

Part of the Village of Type programme. The magic of printing is usually hidden in the sheds, workshops and studios of printers and designers. The Big Steam Print brings the secret into the open air for everyone to witness ...

Bob & Roberta Smith: Why Do We Communicate?


Bob & Roberta Smith’s new display for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is a mini retrospective of the artist’s sign-written work ...

Underground: 100 Years of Edward Johnston’s Lettering for London


This exhibition marks the centenary of Edward Johnston’s world famous typeface for London Underground. Remarkably, it has barely changed over 100 years, a testament to its success as station way finders.

Mark Hearld’s Wunderkammer


Mark Hearld’s Wunderkammer includes new drawings, prints and sculptures as well as pieces of folk art and objects of inspiration from the artist’s studio

The Animals of David Jones


This exhibition is inspired by three objects from the museum’s collection which all feature animals.

David Wolske: Abstract Letterpress


The 20th century artists who lived and worked in Ditchling revived and revolutionised many crafts including letterpress printing ...