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Symposium: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

Fri 8 - Sat 9 June

Symposium: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

Chipping Campden School

Supported by Chipping Campden Town Council

The country is the best place for the crafts,’ Ashbee claimed.

In this symposium nationally acclaimed speakers will explore the role of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Cotswolds, looking at some of the major figures and examining its impact on the wider Arts and Crafts community.

Friday 8 June

Come and visit the Museum and see our exhibition Design: Hand Head Heart celebrating contemporary designers.

Join us for an Arts and Crafts walk around Chipping Campden - see where Ashbee’s Guild gathered for a ‘singsong’ and where the Guildsmen from apprentices to founder, lived and worked. Discover why a Guildsman’s wife was reduced to tears after moving to Chipping Campden. (cost £4)

Friday evening 6pm

Enjoy a glass of wine with fellow delegates while you listen to the Keynote lecture by Simon Olding, Craft Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey.    ‘The Studio as a silent guild’

Saturday 9 June





9.35 -10.45 SESSION 1     
  • Kathy Haslam, Heritage Manager, Kelmscott Manor: ‘What better place than this…?’. : William Morris and Kelmscott Manor              
  • Annette Carruthers, Freelance curator, lecturer and writer: 'Cottswold banditti': Gimson and the Barnsleys in the country
10.45-11.15 COFFEE BREAK


11.15-1.00  SESSION 2
  • Mary Greensted, Freelance curator, lecturer and writer: Arthur Cameron, Guildsman
  • Ray Leigh, Founder Trustee of the Gordon Russell Design Museum: ‘Vision and Reality’
  • Helen Brown, Independent Curator: ‘Crocuses to Customers: Michael Cardew in the Cotswolds’


1.00-2.00  LUNCH BREAK


2.00-3.30 SESSION 3
  • Peyton Skipwith, Art Historian and author: Ashbee and the wider world
  • Trish Hart, Project Manager for the Hart Silversmiths Trust Drawings Conservation Project will talk about the conservation project followed by a demonstration on silversmithing by David Hart, grandson of George Hart who came with Ashbee's Guild in 1902.
3.30-4.00  TEA BREAK


The day will end with an expert panel discussing Ashbee’s claim that ‘the best place for the crafts was in the country.'  Leading design historian Charlotte Fiell will chair the session. Panellists include Louise Pocock, Milliner, and Toff Milway, potter.    

Sessions conclude by 5pm

Ticket prices (lunch, refreshments and Friday drinks included)



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Please contact the Museum via email or call 01386 841951 for booking information.