Final preparations are well under way for the Haslemere Arts and Crafts weekend (7-9 July) celebrating 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 – one of the most influential international artistic movements of modern times.

Over 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, a leading authority in vineteenth and twentieth century decorative arts and antiques expert who has graced the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme for over 20 years
  • A series of lectures by expert speakers including garden historian Dr Sarah Rutherford author of The Arts and Crafts Garden, Professor Neil Jackson from the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool in London and Donna Steele, Curator of Ditchling Museum.
  • A trail around the Arts and Crafts industry buildings and houses of Haslemere
  • A dinner by candlelight at St Christopher’s Church, a stunning example of an Arts and Crafts building designed by Charles Spooner.

Don’t miss the exhibition at Haslemere Museum The Rustic Renaissance: Haslemere’s Arts and Crafts Heritage which runs throughout July and August showcasing wonderful objects from the European Peasant Arts Collection as well as rarely seen textile designs made by local weavers. It will also display original artwork by Godfrey Blount one of the founders of the Peasant Arts movement and an important figure in the later Arts and Crafts movement, as well as photographs and documents from the Peasant Arts archive.

The weekend of celebratory events 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 about the importance of the movement, this weekend of special events is not to be missed!

To find out more, click HERE

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