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Break-in at Museum

Just after 3.00 am on Tuesday 1 August Court Barn in Chipping Campden was broken into and a number of items were stolen from the museum.

This was a meticulously premeditated crime, targeting the silver pieces on display.


The items taken range from pieces by architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), Hart Silversmiths who joined Ashbee in Campden in 1902 and who still make silver today and designer Robert Welch (1929-2000).


They include a silver pendant in the form of a butterfly with wings of enamel, a silver presentation cup with an enamelled cover and a silver inkstand, designed and made in 1963 by Robert Welch.


Curator Sarah McCormick Healy, “This is heartbreaking news for the Museum, the pieces taken were all made by hand, and mainly to commission. They formed an important part of the story we tell at the Museum. They are unique.


We have been overwhelmed by the goodwill and support we have received from our lenders, donors and our visitors. Whilst there will be the inevitable disruption, all of us at the Museum, staff, trustees and volunteers, are striving to ensure our reputation continues to thrive.” (Court Barn....is surely the most delightful small museum in England.  Country Life, 3 May 2017.)

If you have any information regarding the robbery please contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 111 of 1 August 2017.

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