We’ve Nearly Reached Our Target…

Dear friends and supporters

I wanted to update you on progress with our 10th birthday fundraising campaign. The good news is that we’re nearly there, with only £1,500 to go to reach our target of £10,000.

We asked you to help us secure the museum’s future for the next 10 years and hundreds of you did. Many people were very generous, with lots of gifts of £50 or more, the average being £24. Perhaps you were one of them, in which case THANK YOU!

Could you help us with the final push to make it to our target of £10,000? We’re so nearly there.

As an independent charity we don’t receive any regular funds from anyone so we have to raise every penny ourselves, an enormous and growing task every year, when our basic overhead costs have risen by 139% since 2020. That’s not including staff, our biggest expense. Your help enables us to keep doing our work:

  • Protecting and celebrating the extraordinary local art and craft heritage of Ditchling through our collection and displays.
  • Creating fantastic, acclaimed exhibitions like Double Weave and (coming soon) Bloomin’ Brilliant: the Life and Work of Raymond Briggs.
  • Making our activities available to everyone who can benefit, regardless of income, by working with food banks and social prescribers.
  • Supporting contemporary artists and craftspeople to create the heritage of the future.
  • Offer learning opportunities for children and young people to experience the best of art and craft.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft was founded by local sisters Hilary and Joanna Bourne, and it has continued to thrive because of the support of people like you, who have helped us keep going through good times and bad since 1985.

Your donation will help us forge ahead into the next decade with exciting plans for a new re-telling of the core Ditchling story, new collection displays and redevelopment of our outside space so it can be enjoyed by more people more of the time.

Please help us to secure our future.


Bowl by Joseph Cribb.
Photography by Rosie Powell and Emma Croman