Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Type:Museum

Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP
outside of Ditchling Museum
  • outside of Ditchling Museum
  • Ditchling Museum - inside
  • children doing workshop
  • Printing press
  • Textiles workshop
  • Exhibit at the Museum
  • Book making workshop
  • In the garden
  • Museum entrance
  • Exhibit in the museum
  • Looking at an exhibit
  • The museum shop

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About

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is home to a permanent collection that showcases the work of artists and craftspeople living and working in Ditchling – a village which nurtured some of the 20th century’s most innovative and creative ideas in crafts and design.

The museum’s Accredited collection includes the work of internationally renowned craftspeople including Eric Gill, Edward Johnston and Ethel Mairet. The collection tells the story of the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic - a Roman Catholic artistic community who experimented with communal life and self-sufficiency. Two miles north of the village on Ditchling Common, the Guild built homes, a chapel, and workshops for silversmiths, stone carvers, carpenters, printers and weavers.

The museum presents two new exhibitions a year alongside the permanent collection. Recent exhibitions include Women’s Work (celebrating forgotten 20th-century craftswomen), Corita Kent, Get With The Action (featuring the art of the Roman Catholic nun and activist) and Taking a Line for a Walk: John Vernon Lord and Friends (a celebration of the acclaimed Ditchling illustrator’s career.)

The museum has been shortlisted for Museum of Year, and recently received Silver in the Beautiful South Tourism Awards for Small Visitor of the Year.

A thriving learning programme accompanies the exhibitions, offering a range of activities for all ages. 

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Guide Prices

Adult: £8.50 with gift aid (£7.50 without)
Concessions (ID Required) – Students, over 60s, unemployed, disabled: £7.50 with Gift Aid (£6.50 without)
Under 18s: Free
Friends of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft: Free
National Art Pass: Free
Carers or companions of disabled visitors: Free

Group visits available for 10 - 40 people.
We encourage advance booking. The shop and café are available to visit without purchasing a ticket.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Induction Loop System
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Catering

  • Cafe
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Children’s packs
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff

Establishment Features

  • Air conditioning throughout
  • All weather attraction
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open on bank holidays

Provider Preferences

  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Family Fun

Opening Times

* Wednesday: 10:30am - 1pm
Thursday - Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10:30am - 5pm
Closed: Monday - Tuesday

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