Images (from left to right): Woven textile, Elizabeth Peacock; vestment by Valentine Kilbride; Ethel M. Mairet book cover; detail of textile woven by Jenny Kilbride.
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Lodge Hill Lane
East Sussex BN6 8SP
Reopened in September 2013 following a major redevelopment through a National Lottery Fund capital grant, this rich collection of art, craft and applied art reflects the important place that Ditchling holds in the tradition of 20th century art and craft in Britain through the work of the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic on Ditchling Common, and associates such as Edward Johnston who was the central figure in the revival of a European tradition of calligraphy, and who is perhaps best known for designing the London Underground typeface. The Guild was founded by Eric Gill with Hilary Pepler and Desmond Chute, and formally constituted in 1921. This Catholic community of work, faith and domestic life continued to attract artists and craftsworkers until it was disbanded in 1989. Members were Eric Gill, Hilary Pepler, Desmond Chute, Joseph Cribb, David Jones, Philip Hagreen, George Maxwell, Valentine KilBride, Dunstan Pruden, Edgar Holloway, Jenny KilBride, Winefride Pruden and Ewan Clayton.
The collection contains related dyed and woven textiles by Ethel Mairet, Valentine KilBride and museum founder Hilary Bourne. These include vestments and garments as well as furnishing fabrics; Hilary Bourne's own textile collection amassed from her travels is also at Ditchling Museum.