The Wilson in Cheltenham is renowned for its Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection. The gallery was recently redisplayed when the museum reopened to the public after a significant refurbishment. Curator Kirsty Hartsiotis will guide us through some of the treasures of the collection. This online talk will explore furniture, metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, stained glass and puppets, produced at the two great centres of Cotswold Arts and Crafts, the workshops of Ernest Gimson, Ernest and Sidney Barnsley and their friends near Sapperton, and C R Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft and other crafters in Chipping Campden. The Wilson holds an extensive archive and library of Arts and Crafts material, too, from Gimson’s designs and plans literally saved from the bonfire, to the private press books in the library belonging to Emery Walker. Kirsty will also take us through the story of collecting and displaying the collection since the 1920s, and looks at the continuing story of craft in the Cotswolds, inspired to this day by the Arts and Crafts.
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