Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden, is about to enter its’ 10th Anniversary year, showcasing the lives and work of the people who brought the Arts & Craft movement to Chipping Campden at the beginning of the 20th century.
Charles Robert Ashbee, architect, designer and charismatic leader of the Guild of Handicraft, which he founded in London's East End in 1888, brought the Guild, to the Cotswolds in 1902 for a simpler, more fulfilling life than the industrialised city could offer. Some 50 craftsmen and their families found themselves in a beautiful country setting, a sharp contrast to the East End of London, establishing their workshops in a disused silk mill.
The major Anniversary exhibition for 2017 'Cockneys in Arcadia' features Ashbee's Campden years, displaying the full range of his work as a designer of furniture, metalwork, silver, jewellery and printed books. The exhibition includes pieces held by private lenders on display for the first time. The exhibition will run from 7th April - 9th July 2017, and is curated by leading experts Alan Crawford and Mary Greensted.
In February 2017, to start the celebrations we will be displaying objects the Museum has acquired since it opened. ‘A Decade of Collecting: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions’ will focus on those objects currently in our archive including pieces of locally made Campden pottery, books illustrated by Paul Woodroffe and a plaque by Alec Miller. We are inviting nine people from our Volunteers, Friends of the Museum, Trustees and staff to choose their favourite piece. This exhibition runs from Saturday 28 January – Sunday 26 March 2017
The late summer sees ‘Design: Hand Head Heart’ an exhibition celebrating nine contemporary craft people inspired by the Nine Lives featured in the Museum's permanent exhibition. These designers are distinguished in their field, and echo the rich heritage established by Ashbee and his Guild in placing great value on work, the joy of craftsmanship and the natural beauty of materials. Exhibition runs 10th August - 19th November 2017