Director of the Tate Gallery opens Ditchling Museum

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Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery in London, formally opened Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft on Saturday after its £2.3m facelift.

The museum – which was founded in 1984 – has been extended and redesigned by architects Adam Richards, with funding from a substantial Heritage Lottery grant, trusts, foundations and generous individuals.

The village became a centre for the applied arts in the early 20th century, and the museum holds a nationally important collection associated with the arts and the craftsmen and women drawn to Ditchling.

Figures represented include Eric Gill, David Jones, Edward Johnston, Ethel Mairet, Sir Frank Brangwyn and Hilary Pepler.