Crafts Study Centre
The Crafts Study Centre was established in Bath as a charity on 1st April 1970 with the mission to collect and research modern craft collections and to enable them to be seen and studied by the public. Following assessment by the Arts Council England in 2013, the Crafts Study Centre was awarded status as a fully accredited museum.
Some 44 years after the creation of one of the UK’s most significant crafts collections, and 10 years after the Centre relocated to its new home in Farnham, Surrey, an exhibition, 44:10:1, has been especially curated to celebrate the Centre’s strong partnership with the University for the Creative Arts. It places objects from the founding years alongside those acquired more recently, including archives, lettering and calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, wood and furniture. Some pieces are being displayed for the very first time at Farnham, including an important oak dining table designed by Romney Green and used by the weaver Ethel Mairet in her studio at Ditchling.
Along side a full programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year, the Crafts Study Centre supports Hothouse, a scheme lead by the Crafts Council for provide extensive training and development activities for emerging makers. In addition, the Centre supports the Farnham Craft Town initiative in its aims to provide craft activity to generate cultural, tourism and economic impact to the town, with a specific focus throughout October as all the key craft venues offer extra education, exhibitions and lectures with the annual Craft Fair at the Farnham Maltings as a centrepiece.