I'm not really sure how, but I only heard about Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft a couple of months ago. It looked beautiful and as it's only just over an hour away from us I knew we had to pay a visit, and we popped in on Easter Saturday.
Ditchling is a really beautiful village in East Sussex which was a centre for arts and crafts during the early part of the 20th century. The museum houses a collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who were based in the village. It has been recently refurbished and looks amazing. If the small boy had let me sit in there for hours I would've done!
It's not a huge museum, but it's almost made better by it's size. You can get a little taste of what it contains from the images above. There is also a lovely cafe and shop where you can easily part with lots of cash!
Last week they found out that they have been shortlisted for the ArtFund Museum of the Year 2014 alongside the Hayward Gallery, Mary Rose Museum, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Tate Britain and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the National Gallery in London on 9 July. You can find our more about Museum of the Year here.
Following our trip to the museum we took a stroll around the village and discovered the upcoming Ditchling Artists Open Houses weekends which are running this month (starting this weekend), until Monday 26th. You can find out more details on the Art in Ditchling website. It looks rather good, so I might have to try and go back before the month is out.
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft is open Tuesday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays. You can find more details on their website.
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