Everybody is talking about the Olympics. Have you got tickets? Is the torch coming to your town? And the people of Chipping Campden have a special reason to be interested: Campden was where the Olympic Games started, with Robert Dover’s Olimpick Games, first held on Dover’s Hill above the town, four hundred years ago. The London bid for the Olympics included a reference to this centenary.
At Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden, there is a display of books printed by the designer C. R. Ashbee at his Essex House Press in Campden. Nothing much about the Olympics there, you might think. But you would be wrong.
One of the books on display is a history of the last twenty-six years of the Olimpick Games, starting with an idyllic drawing of Dover’s Hill.
Frontispiece to The Last records of a Cotswold community
Another shows a swimming trophy designed by Ashbee and presented by Captain R. M. Glossop to the Campden Sports Club. The mace is crowned by a model of Dover’s Castle, an emblem of the Olimpick Games.
The exhibition is sponsored by Sotheby’s, London
Lecture: Dr Philip Errington, C.R.Ashbee’s Essex House Press
Saturday 26 May 5.45, Court Room, High Street, Chipping Campden
Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free
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.
About Court Barn Museum
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 Chipping Campden