Silver Win for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has won silver in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards!

The museum was awarded the accolade for providing a truly memorable visitor experience during the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst demonstrating resilience and excellence across every aspect of the business.

Steph Fuller, Director and CEO of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, said:

“I’m thrilled the museum has received this award which is a tribute to our outstanding Visitor Services team and their warm welcome to visitors.”

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has been recognised for their work creating high-quality cultural experiences during the unprecedented difficulties presented by Covid-19, including #CreateToRelate, a free digital programme of workshops and events promoting wellbeing through craft, which ran across the three national lockdowns.

The award also acknowledges the outstanding visitor experience provided upon reopening, as well as innovative adaptations made to safely accommodate visitors during this time, such as the launch of ‘Quiet Sessions’ for clinically vulnerable visitors. The museum was also recognised for the special extra touches on offer, such as the volunteer-run Dye Garden which houses a range of plants that can be used for natural dyeing.

Other winners in the Small Visitor Attraction category were Albourne Wine Estate in East Sussex, Oxford Castle and Prison and Houghton Lodge Gardens in Hampshire.