New displays open at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

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Visitors will be delighted by the new displays at Court Barn which will be inaugurated on Friday 25 May. On display will be pieces by the radical late nineteenth/early 20th century Arts & Crafts designer C.R. Ashbee including a magnificent silver presentation piece, a classic designed muffin dish and some beautiful pieces of jewellery which have never been on public display before.

Ashbee decanter – Silver-mounted decanter designed by C.R Ashbee, the finial is set with a chrysoprase, 1903

Other items on display will show the work of the Harts Silversmiths, a family business which has been based in Chipping Campden since 1902. In addition to the examples by the Hart family there is also work by Harry Warmington, Sydney Reeve and Wentworth Huyshe.

The Museum was the subject of a major robbery last November, where a significant number of valuable silver objects were stolen. Since then the Museum has been working towards bringing the Museum back to full strength with displays celebrating talented designers and craftspeople who have worked in Chipping Campden and the north Cotswolds since the beginning of the twentieth century. The Museum tells the story of the Arts and Crafts movement and its legacy, a story of how a small town in a beautiful setting became a gathering-place for designers and craftspeople of national and international reputation.

Ashbee butter dish – Silver dish with an enamelled cover, designed by C.R. Ashbee the finial is set with a blister pearl, 1902

Since the Museum opened in 2007 visitor numbers have risen, a Friends organisation has been launched and it now runs a packed programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year. Curator, Sarah McCormick Healy, said: “I am proud and delighted that we have some fantastic objects to display. The response from our supporters, both existing and new has been heart-warming. Many of the objects have not been on public display before, so this is a huge opportunity for the Museum and our visitors”.

Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE

Admission charges:
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free

Opening Times:

April – September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm

October – March: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays) and Closed 24 Dec, reopening second Tuesday in January.

Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.

This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.

Source: Court Barn Museum

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