'Madonna and Child in the Landscape', David Jones. Courtesy Ditchling Museum
Ditchling Museum has secured first round HLF funding of £157,500 to work up plans to transform the Sussex museum.
The refurbishment would allow the museums to show the important role that the picturesque village of Ditchling has played in the artistic and craft traditions of the twentieth century.
Established in 1985 by the Bourne sisters in the former Victorian village school, the museum holds significant works by the many artists that were attracted to the beautiful surroundings of the village in the early twentieth century.
“This venture has been a great partnership between all of us who care about Ditchling Museum and its unique heritage,” said Jenny KilBride, Chairman of Trustees.
“We all believe that the new Museum will be of great benefit to Ditchling and surrounding villages as an education centre, community focus and as a new visitor attraction for the region.”
The importance of the museum's collection is recognised internationally and includes works by Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, Ethel Mairet, Frank Brangwyn and David Jones. The village was also home to the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic.
Plans for the museum include the conversion of a historic Cart Lodge into a new entrance, café and shop, new toilets and the refurbishment of the old school house and other existing buildings to provide upgraded storage and display areas.
In addition dedicated spaces will be provided for education and research to meet the growing demand from schools and colleges and from individual researchers.
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