This summer, Haslemere will play host to an Arts and Crafts Weekend to celebrate the town’s rich Arts and Crafts heritage. The weekend of special events, organised by Haslemere Museum and supported by Haslemere Events and the Visitor Information Centre, promises a fascinating insight into the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential international artistic movements of modern times and grew out of a concern for the effects of industrialisation on society and traditional skills in the late 1800s.

Lindsay Moreton, Collections Manager at Haslemere Museum explains “Over a 100 years ago, Haslemere was a thriving centre for a community of artists determined to revive lost country crafts in England. They set up craft workshops and weaving houses in the town and collected folk art objects from all over Europe and brought them back to Haslemere to inspire local artisans.”

The craft workshops and weaving houses have long since disappeared from Haslemere but the history of this inspiring movement is still visible today in the road names and buildings, together with a lasting legacy in the collection of European folk art that remains in Haslemere Museum today.

Highlights of the weekend include an evening talk with Eric Knowles, antiques expert who has graced the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme for over 20 years, a trail around the Arts and Crafts industry buildings and houses of Haslemere, an exclusive garden tour of Gertrude Jekyll’s iconic woodland garden at Munstead Wood, dinner by candlelight at St Christopher’s Church and much more.

There will be an exhibition at Haslemere Museum entitled ‘The Rustic Renaissance’ which runs throughout July and August, telling the intriguing story of how this remarkable group of craftspeople thrived in Haslemere in the early 1900s, illustrated by original artwork and artefacts from the European Peasant Arts Collection.

Antoinette Francis from the Haslemere Visitor Information Centre added: “We are delighted to be involved in this celebratory weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity for both visitors and residents alike to discover more about the importance of the movement and to gain a unique insight into a remarkable and influential part of Haslemere’s history.”

Whether you love history or arts and crafts, or simply want to discover more, this weekend of special events is not to be missed!

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