British arts and crafts museum reopens after £2.3 million extension

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The crafters of Ditchling, a British village in Sussex, have reason to celebrate after the reopening of the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft. The museum had been closed to the public for three years during which an £2.3 million extension created to link the museum’s main building — a former Victorian school — to a renovated 18th century lodge.  The museum was originally opened to in 1985, but the new extension and overhaul by Adam Richards Architects hopes to bring the building into the 21st century.

The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft can now continue to showcase the work of local Ditchling artists and crafters such as Eric Gill, Edgar Holloway, Edward Johnston and Frank Brangwyn (a section of Brangwyn’s mural The British Empire can be seen above).

Have an appreciation of British artists and crafters? Do you live in the vicinity of Ditchling? Would you consider a visit to the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.

[Source: The Art Newspaper]