We are sad to report that Ray Finch,one of the most respected British studio potters of the last half century, has died at the age of 97.
Ray took control of in 1939 when Michael Cardew moved to Cornwall. His philosophy was to make ordinary pots for ordinary people. He will be greatly missed and always remembered with admiration, love and affection by those who knew him.
Our sympathy and condolences to all his family and friends
The Burglary - 14 November 2011
Unfortunately there have been no further developments from the police following the robbery on the night of 14 November.
In the meantime we have been working with our insurance company's Loss Adjustor. A reward has been placed in the Antique Trade Gazette, all the major dealers have been contacted, and images of the objects circulated as far and wide as possible.
In the meantime additional security is being installed, the damaged cases will be replaced and filled with new exhibits.
We closed for three weeks following the robbery. But we re-opened on Saturday 3 December with a successful exhibition from the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Makers. This was a real turning point. We have been overwhelmed by the sympathy and generosity of our volunteers, local people and supporters further afield. We perhaps did not realise how much Court Barn means to people. Thank you
Sat 3 September at 5.45
The Ashbee Lecture: Sir Nicholas Mander on Norman Jewson and Owlpen Manor
Venue: Court Room, Old Police Station, High Street, Chipping Campden
Tickets £12 to include a glass of wine
Sat 9 July– Mon 29 August
Exhibition: Revivals: the English Arts & Crafts movement and Transylvania
An exhibition of paintings by Marianne and Adrian Stokes curated by Magdalen Evans & photographs of the work of the .
Sat 18 June at 11.30
One-on-one: Mary Greensted on a coffer by Ernest Gimson
Thurs 21st April – Sun 3 July
Exhibition: Blossoms of the Arts & Crafts movement
A selection from Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum’s nationally-significant collection curated by Mary Greensted.
Suggestions of nature were an important element of Arts and Crafts designs. This exhibition looks at different approaches to the use of plants, flowers and animals in the work of Ashbee, William De Morgan, and Ernest Gimson among others. It provides a great opportunity to see important examples of furniture, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.
Sat 15 January – Thurs 17th March
From our collections: A Silversmith’s Life; a display on the life of Harry Warmington
Harry Warmington was a local silversmith and metalwork teacher. Along with George Hart he revived C.R.Ashbee’s Campden School of Arts and Crafts in the 1940s.
Sat 9th –Sun 17th April
A selling exhibition by contemporary designer makers of the Oxfordshire Craft Guil
Wed 30th March – Wed 6th April.
From our Collections: What’s new?
A display of recent acquisitions and previously unseen objects from our collections
Sat 19 – Sun 27 March
Michael Cardew and Bernard Leach, Artist Potters: A selling show
This display of primarily pre WW2 Winchcombe and St Ives slipware concentrates on the painterly skills of Leach and Cardew’s strength of form.
Saturday 4th - Sunday 12 December
Buy your gifts for Christmas at this selling exhibition from the Worcestershire Guild of Craftsmen
Saturday 16th October – Sun 28 November
The Guild of Handicraft Trust Exhibition
A personal account celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Guild of Handicraft Trust and the creation of Court Barn Museum.
Saturday 13 November 4.30
Lecture – ‘From charitable Trust to Museum. My story of the journey'
Frank Johnson is one of the founder members of The Guild of Handicraft Trust.
Saturday 4 September to Sunday 26 September 2010.
Selling exhibition of furniture by Robin Furlong.
Robin Furlong trained as a cabinetmaker with Alan Peters and Martin Grierson. In 1989 he set up his own workshop in Great Wolford, where he makes furniture rich in elegant forms and beautiful craftsmanship.
Saturday 10 July - Sunday 22 August 2010
Exhibition: What's New?
A display of recent acquisitions to the Museum are on display for the first time including ceramics, jewellery, books and prints that have been donated or lent to the Museum since it opened in 2007.
One of the highlights is the pendant dating from 1897 and believed to have been designed by C.R.Ashbee. Although this pendant does not have any of obvious features of Ashbee’s jewellery designs, it is similar in design to the 1897 pendant of silver and semi-precious stones currently on display in the Ashbee case.
The Museum’s 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.
Saturday 4 September 2010, 5.45, in the Court Room, Old Police Station (Please note change of venue).
Lecture, Fiona MacCarthy tells ‘A biographer’s story’
Fiona MacCarthy’s first book, The Simple Life: C.R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds, was published in 1981. It led her on to write lives of Eric Gill, William Morris, Lord Byron and now Edward Burne-Jones. She will talk on her own life as a biographer
8 May to Sunday 27 June 2010.
Exhibition ‘Spinning, weaving and dyeing in the north Cotswolds since 1900’
The story of 20th-century textile crafts from Ethel mairet at Broad Campden in the 1900s, through Mary Osborn at Stanton in the 1970s and 1980s, to craftspeople of the present day. And a chance to try hand-weaving yourself.
Wednesday 5 May, 10.00 - 12 noon
Chipping Campden Literary Festival: Restored To Life
Dominic Riley, Vice Chairman of the Society of Bookbinders, talks about the creation and restoration of beautiful books
Museums at Night; Children's activities
Friday 14 May at 5.30 Learn how to knit. Suitable for 6 - 12 year olds
Saturday 15 May at 5.30 Tales for Twilight, storytelling for 4 - 8 year olds
Saturday 27 March - Sunday 18 April
Exhibition: Painted Pots
An exhibition of work of three designer-makers who specialise in painted decoration on pottery. Lucy Acland's hand-painted and hand-glazed tiles are inspired by animal and plant life; Vivien Ayres paints her pottery with fruit and abstract designs, while Rachel Fenton is directly inspired by Arts and Crafts work.
Saturday 30 January - Sunday 7 March
From our collections: Alec Miller
An opportunity to look at some Alec Miller pieces not normally on display
Saturday 5 December to Sunday 13 December
Christmas Selling Exhibition: 'Fine Sparks: A shimmering array of craft to buy from The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
Saturday 28 November 2009, 4.30 in the Town Hall.
‘Dear Mrs Ashbee: letters from Laurence Housman to Janet Ashbee’ a dramatic reading by Celia Jones and Pamela Marsh.
The artist and author Laurence Housman was a brilliant letter- writer in an age of letter-writing. Celia Jones and Pamela Marsh bring to life his correspondence with Janet Ashbee over more than thirty years.
Museum wins award from the Campaign to protect Rural England, CPRE Award Press Release
Selling exhibition, ‘Made in Campden: Furniture by Jeremy Green’.
Friday 30 October to Sunday 8 November 2009.
Jeremy Green's solid wood furniture is made from dead and wind-blown trees that have grown within 10 miles of Chipping Campden , been converted into planks and seasoned slowly outside. The construction techniques are traditional and the design is contemporary.
Friends of Court Barn Museum
We are in the planning stages of creating a Friends organisation, would you like to be involved? We need people with administrative and organisational skills, committee experience, financial know-how, with the time to make a contribution.
But above all we need enthusiasm, and those who enjoy working as part of a team.
If you interested then please contact the Curator, Sarah McCormick Healy. See the Contact Us section for details
Heriatge Lottery Fund to support Museum
Volunteers to be trained to support education at the Museum following a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund Training Grant press release
Autumn Selling Exhibition
Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 October 2009.
Selling exhibition of British art pottery by AD Antiques.
This autumn, Alison Davey and George Kingham of AD Antiques, showcase their recent acquisitions for the first time. One of the pieces is a new commission between a contemporary ceramicist, Dennis Chinaworks and Harts, the Guild of Handicaft silversmith....AD Antiques press release
Saturday 8 August to Sunday 27 September 2009.
'Inspired Expertise': A celebration of work from the current designer-makers of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.
This exhibition brings together 36 new pieces both artisitc and useful ranging from colourful textiles to exquisite bookbindings.. More...
September 2009 Heritage Open Days
The Museum is participating in Heritage Open Days this year by offering FREE entry on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September.
Heritage Open Day 2009 Press Release
April 2009 Appointment of new curator
Sarah McCormick Healy was appointed as the new curator at the Museum on 14 April.
New Curator press release
July 2008 Museum awarded recognition
The Museum is awarded Full Accreditation status from the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council
Accreditation press release
July 2007 Court Barn Museum Opens
On 28th July 2007 a stylish, ground-breaking and brand-new museum opened in the historic town of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds.
Press release images
New Museum opens