Monk’s House and Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

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Saturday 18 October 2014

08.17am
Train departs for Lewes, Sussex

10.30am
Private visit to Monk’s House, Rodmell

The charming weather-boarded house was bought by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1919 as a country retreat and became, like nearby Charleston Farmhouse, an important outpost of the Bloomsbury Group. The house was gradually modernised and extended and filled with furnishings and paintings by their family and friends including Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The delightful garden was largely created by Leonard and in a corner of the orchard they built the small writing lodge, where many of Virginia’s books took shape.

12.30pm
Lunch

2.00pm
A walk around the historic village of Ditchling

3.00pm
Visit to the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

This delightful museum in an idyllic rural setting has been newly renovated and was a finalist in this year’s Museum of the Year Award. Founded in 1985 by the weaver  Hilary Bourne and her sister Joanna to display local artwork, it now houses an important collection  of works by artists and craftsmen such as Edward Johnson, designer of the London Underground font, the printer Hilary Pepler, silversmith  Dunstan Pruden and painter Frank Brangwyn, who settled in Ditchling in the early twentieth century to join Eric Gill and his Guild of St. Joseph  and St. Dominic.

4.00pm  
Tea

5.31pm  
Train departs for London (arriving 6.28pm)

Meeting Place,  
Victoria Station