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A Decade of Collecting: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions

28 January 2017  to  26 March 2017

This exhibition 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. 

Fish, c2004 
by Toff Milway (b.1949)
One of two experimental “fish” made by Toff Milway
I was drawn to this piece as I love Toff Milway’s work.  The fish, in particular, has been a recurring theme in his pottery for many years; swimming across everyday items and forming unique, decorative pieces.
Barbara Alderton, Adminstrator
There are a number of reasons why they are not on display including space limitations, conservation reasons, they could be difficult to display or they are held for research purposes such as personal letters and ephemera.

Selection of Campden Pottery

Campden pottery was based in Leysbourne, near the Ernest Wilson garden, for nearly 20 years.

 I like the simplicity of this design with its satisfying round shapes and harmonious colours.

 George Derbyshire, volunteer

The Museum has been collecting objects for over 10 years. Some objects we have purchased, either solely from our own funds or with support from grant giving bodies such as the Art Fund and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund. The majority, though, have been donated to the Museum.
It is through the generosity of these people that our collection is growing. 
We aim to preserve and promote the work of artists, designers and craftspeople working in the north Cotswolds since 1900, and therefore collect work relevant to this theme.  This 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.