In light of the announcements made by the government on 16 March about coronavirus (COVID-19), Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft will temporarily close to the public.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. We are therefore following the recommendations of public health experts who advise that social distancing is critical to reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
All public and private events for the foreseeable are postponed or cancelled. If you have purchased tickets for any events, we will be in touch with you to arrange refunds or discuss plans to reschedule. We apologise for the inconvenience this causes.
As an independent museum and charity with no regular sources of grant funding the present situation is very challenging for us financially. We rely on income from entry tickets and events to care for our building and collection. If you have tickets booked, we would like to ask you to consider donating the cost of your ticket to the museum instead. You can also find a range of beautiful products on our shop online – all purchases will directly support the museum during this difficult time.
Although the building is closed you can still connect with us digitally. We are currently conjuring up exciting ways to keep our collections and stories alive online. Keep an eye on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
We continue to closely monitor further advice from the government and Public Health England and aim to be open again as soon as possible. We look forward to reopening in the near future and welcoming our visitors back once this critical situation has passed.