Invisible Women

By Penny Nuttall                                                                                                                                       Since 1971 and the seminal article on women and art by Linda Nochlin [Why have there been no great women artists? ARTnews Jan 1971] women artists have slowly emerged from the shadows; rediscovered in history and embraced in the present. From Artemisia Gentileschi through Mary Cassatt to Tracey Emin, the complexity of […]

Museum Administrator post

We are looking for an energetic and brilliantly organised administrator to support the activity of the museum, manage the volunteers and collaborate in the delivery of an ambitious programme of activities. This is an exciting opportunity to join the small team at Court Barn, which celebrates the talented designers and craftspeople who have worked in […]

Court Barn and Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen: Craft Partnership Scheme.

Court Barn and the Gloucestershire Guild are delighted to be working together to offer this exciting opportunity to mid-career makers living or working in Gloucestershire or surrounding areas. Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Founded in 1933, the purpose of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, is to foster and promote fine craftsmanship and good design. These aims […]

The Essex House Press: C R Ashbee’s passion for printing

These days we can take our pick from a huge range of mass-produced printed books, from cheap paperbacks to top-of-the-range, coffee-table art volumes.  A private press like the Essex House Press is special: the printer can produce works that he or she likes, and is not necessarily limited to what the public wants.  The Essex […]

In Conversation: Susan Early, Basketmaker

Susan Early

Susan Early, Basketmaker and 2012 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar What inspired you to take up basketmaking?I have always loved baskets and more than thirty years ago I joined my first workshoplearning to weave a basket. The whole process inspired me and I was excited to learn andcreate more. The traditional techniques used, the natural […]

A tribute to a Campden resident

By Frank Johnson. In memory of a Campdonian a bench seat has been installed at the entrance to Court Barn. It commemorates the life of Allan Warmington, a native of Chipping Campden and a founder Trustee of the Guild of Handicraft Trust. It has been funded by his family in what would have been his […]


Blakeman was born in Chipping Campden in 1907 in Wood House where the family had lived for several generations.  Blakeman’s  father, Francis, was gamekeeper on the Campden Estate and on his death when Blakeman was 12, the family had to leave the ‘tied ‘house.  He was provided with a house next to St Catherine’s School […]

All Campden’s a Stage: Theatre and the Guild of Handicraft

By Olivia Tracey 2022 marks 120 years since C. R. Ashbee and his wife Janet arrived in Chipping Campden with their Guild of Handicraft to start a new life ‘in Arcadia’. Through the reigns of six monarchs, Court Barn is celebrating the changes that have occurred from 1902 to 2022, as well as marking the […]

Northcot Bricks

Brick Making near Blockley by Frank Johnson My wife and I bought our first house in 1953. It was a semi-detached at South Kenton, Middlesex, close to the train station. Across the line was a large open green space, Northwick Park, adjacent to the main line north out of Euston After several other moves we […]