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Our Collections

The Guild of Handicraft Trust aims to preserve and promote the work of artists, designers and craftspeople working in the north Cotswolds since 1900, and therefore aims to collect work relevant to this theme. 

The Trust wishes to acquire objects, archives and other records relating to its theme, especially examples of the work of relevant individuals and workshops; materials relating to the production of such work, models, sketchbooks etc.; related archival materials; and relevant books, pamphlets and periodicals.

Our aim is to create a collection which will give a representative picture, in some depth, of the story of craft and design in the north Cotswolds since about 1900. An area bounded on the west, north and east by the geological boundaries of the Cotswolds, and on the south by the A40.  Our present collections only go some of the way towards doing this.

At present the Trust owns the following collections, each of which relates to a particular individual or organisation:

  • C. R. Ashbee, architect and designer. One of the largest collections of books from the Essex House Press, many owned by C.R. Ashbee
  • Charles Blakeman, sculptor and stained-glass artist.
  • Campden Pottery
  • Chipping Campden School of Arts and Crafts
  • Roland Dyer, photographer
  • F. L. Griggs, artist and etcher
  • Alec Miller, carver and sculptor
  • Toff Milway, potter
  • Mary Osborn, weaver
  • Arthur Penny, metalworker
  • Sidney Reeve, silversmith
  • Stanton Guildhouse
  • Jesse Taylor, photographer
  • Thornton and Downer, blacksmiths
  • W. H. Warmington, silversmith and teacher
  • Winchcombe Pottery
  • Robert Welch, silversmith and industrial designer
  • Paul Woodroffe, book designer, illustrator and stained-glass artist