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GofH: A century of fine silver in Chipping Campden

A celebration of the ongoing craft traditions of the Guild of Handicraft
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see drawings created by George Henry Hart (1882-1973), an Arts & Crafts silversmith who came to Chipping Campden in 1902, alongside the actual pieces created.

George Hart was part of Charles Robert Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft, which was established in the East End of London in 1888 and moved to Chipping Campden in 1902. George Hart moved with Ashbee to Campden and when the Guild went into liquidation he took on the silversmithing workshop.

 

Examples of drawings on show include one of the first pieces made by George Hart after the Guild disbanded in 1908, a cup made for the Derby Rowing Club. 

Derby Rowing ClubDerby Rowing ClubThe drawing will be displayed alongside the actual cup kindly lent by the Rowing Club.
This exhibition highlights the essential work of Harts Silversmiths Trust which aims to conserve a valuable collection of drawings donated by the Hart family in Chipping Campden. Around 3,500 drawings covering over 100 years are a unique representation of one of the most important silversmiths of the Arts & Crafts movement. The vast majority of these drawings and designs were created by George Hart but it also includes some drawings by C.R. Ashbee. Many of these drawings will be on display for the first time.

Today the silversmithing workshop is still run by the Hart family. Their work is based on drawings and designs done, in the main, by George Hart but also by drawings produced by the current members of the family. The pieces are made with traditional tools, in the traditional way, but with a 21st century stamp. Whilst the Workshop continues to make ecclesiastical pieces, most of the work now is domestic and civic.

The exhibition runs from Sat 21 December 2013 - Sun 2 March 2014.

Related Events Programme:
Sat 15 February: Activity Day
11.30 One-on-one on The Process of Making Handmade silverware by Julian Hart
Demonstrations throughout the day on how the drawings are being cleaned
Silversmithing techniques today by the Harts Workshop

www.courtbarn.org.uk

COURT BARN MUSEUM
1. How to find us:
Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
2. Admission charges:
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free
3. Opening times: April - September: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 5pm
October - March: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

4. About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.
5. About Hart Silversmith Trust
The Trust was established in 2010 Trust to conserve a valuable collection of drawings that were generously donated by the Hart family in Chipping Campden. It was granted charitable status in March 2011.

The Historical Drawings Conservation Project aims to:
The drawings need to be catalogued and archived in an acid-free, temperature-controlled environment. Some drawings require cleaning and other conservation work. A key part of the project is to scan each drawing to create a digital record for educational and research purposes. Further stages of the project may include research into the provenance of each drawing, and tracking ownership of the finished pieces

Source: Court Barn Museum

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