The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey. A cottage by Sir Edwin Lutyens at Munstead.

William De Morgan tile. Click to visit the Demorgan centre.


Here is the archive of the "What's New" items from the front page. Please note that, for most of the notices here, the events are now over and these records are for reference only.


5 February 2019

Surrey History TrustA talk by Mark Samuels Lasner at The Surrey History Trust
Details of the talk Victorian Passions from the USA: Surrey-related writers and artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection are available on our external events page.

2 January 2019

BBC 2 logoThe Victorian House of Arts and Crafts
A new 4 part series begins on BBC2 at 9pm on 11 January.
Six modern-day craftspeople are transported back in time to live and experience first hand the ideas and practices of Arts and Crafts visionaries William Morris, John Ruskin and Gertrude Jekyll.

14 June 2018

Open Garden Event, 1 July 2018 at Solars, Chiddingfold: A fundraising for the Gertrude Jekyll Surrey Archive Digitisation Project
All proceeds on the day go towards the very important conservation project to make Gertrude Jekyll's Surrey Archive available to view in colour at high resolution on the Surrey Gardens Trust website. ACMS have already made a significant donation to the project. See SGT for full details.

28 May 2018

Charles Holden's Senate House at the University of LondonCFA Voysey Society study day
The CFA Voysey Society will be holding its first study day on Saturday 22 September at Charles Holden's Senate House at the University of London. Non-members are invited to attend.
Further details are available on our external events page.

9 May 2018

ACMS Data Protection Policy
The ACMS policy to protect members' data is published on our Data Protection Policy page.

16 March 2018

John William Waterhouse - Mariana in the South (study)A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled: The Cecil French Bequest
Until 3 June 2018, Watts Gallery are showcasing the 'forgotten' collection of British artist and collector, Cecil French. The exhibition includes important works by the likes of Frederic Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, Edward Burne-Jones and Albert Moore..

8 February 2018

Helen Allingham watercolourHelen Allingham exhibition at Watts Gallery
Until 18 February 2018, Watts Gallery are holding the UK's first major public art gallery exhibition devoted to the artist Helen Allingham RWS (1848-1926).

29 May 2017

Haslemere Museum ‘Peasant Tapestry’ produced by the Haslemere Weaving Industry and designed by Godfrey Blount in the early 1900sA weekend celebrating the Arts & Crafts Movement in the Haslemere area
From 7th to 9th July, Haslemere Educational Museum are presenting a weekend of events including talks, lectures, tours and a dinner at St Christopher’s Church. The leaflet for the weekend, including a booking form, can be downloaded here.

More details are available on our external events page.

For the full programme of events and further details please visit the museum website.

7 March 2017

Christopher Vickers logoACMS member Christopher Vickers invites you into his home at Frome for an Exhibition of Arts & Crafts Furniture and Metalwork.
After a break for a few years, the exhibition returns with a collection focusing on Arts and Crafts Lighting, both hand wrought replicas and antique pieces, together with a selection of hand made clocks and furniture.

The Artistic House Selling Exhibition, Friday 10th - Sunday 19th March 2017, 11am - 4pm

5 March 2017

Artist's Studio Museum Network logoArtist's Studio Museum Network
A network and website to showcase European museums based in artists’ former homes and studios now features over 100 museums.
See our External Events page for more details, or go directly to the Artist's Studio Museum Network website to start exploring.

20 June 2016

Henry Taylor WyseTwo Summer exhibitions in Scotland presenting examples of the work of Henry Taylor Wyse. At The Hill House in Helensburgh and the Museum of Edinburgh from July through to October.

30 March 2016

Go CotswoldsCotswolds Arts and Crafts Guided Tour
Go Cotswolds are presenting a Cotswolds Voluntary Warden-led full day tour on 5 April exploring the special relationship between the Arts and Crafts movement and The Cotswolds.

19 March 2016

Great Tangley Manor - 1000 yearsTo commemorate 1000 years of continual habitation in Great Tangley Manor, a sound and light production will be staged at Tangley on two consecutive nights in June. This will include a spoken story of the history of the house narrated by Michael Buerk. The gardens will be open from early evening for picnics. There will be music throughout the evening, stalls selling food and drink, crafts from local artists and activities for children.

1 July 2015

Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial Event, 2015, BrusselsArt Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial Event, Brussels
Each weekend of October 2015, twenty exceptional, normally private Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings in Brussels will be open to the public, as part of the 8th Art Nouveau and Art Deco Biennial Event, which will also feature many guided walking tours of Art Nouveau and Art Deco districts.
Further details on the Biennale website.

12 May 2015

AGMThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the Watts Gallery.
Following the meeting, Dr Chloe Ward, Curatorial Fellow at the Watts Gallery will give an illustrated talk The Drawings of GF Watts

9 May 2015

Surrey History TrustThe Surrey History Trust are holding their AGM on Monday 6 July at the Surrey History Centre. Following this, Dr David Taylor will present a talk The Lushingtons and Their Circle. For full details, see the flyer for this free event.

15 September 2014

Glsgow School of ArtAlmost a quarter of books on the priority replacement list after the fire have been donated to The Glasgow School of Art.
Details on progress, how to help and a list of books still wanted can be found on the GSA library page.

18 June 2014

Portrait of William De Morgan holding lustre vaseThe De Morgan Centre
The De Morgan Centre in Wandsworth is closing due to the termination of its tenancy agreement and is now looking for a new home to house its unique collection of Arts and Crafts paintings and ceramics. The final opportunity for the public to view the gallery in Wandsworth, London will be Saturday 28th June.
The De Morgans and the Sea, a loan exhibition exploring influences of the sea in the works of William and Evelyn De Morgan, will be on display at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth until 28th September 2014.

12 June 2014

Watts GalleryHistory of Art Short Course: Victorian Garden Design
The Watts Gallery are presenting a History of Art short course Victorian Garden Design at the Gallery this summer  which starts on Monday 16 June and runs for five consecutive weeks from 10:30 – 1pm. The course will be led by Caroline Ikin, a Victorian Garden specialist, and each week will consist of a themed lecture followed by a site visit see the flyer for more information.

10 June 2014

Watts GalleryEllen Terry: The Painter’s Actress
Ellen Terry: The Painter’s Actress will be the first exhibition at The Watts Gallery (10 June - 9 November) to explore how the influence of Britain’s most famous Victorian actress reached beyond the stage to inspire generations of artists.

29 May 2014

Hill House Antiques exhibitionArts & Crafts Selling Exhibition
Hill House Antiques will be holding their 7th Annual Arts & Crafts Selling Exhibition from Saturday June 7th to Friday June 13th 2014 at their new showroom at The Electric Cinema, Brentford (West London) TW8 8EG.

27 May 2014

Glsgow School of ArtFollowing the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond has announced today that funds raised to restore the Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building to its former glory will be matched by the Scottish Government.
Details of the fire fund can be found on the Big Give website.

1 May 2014

AGMThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Wednesday 4 June 2014 (please note this revised date) at the Watts Gallery.
Following the meeting, Gallery Curator Nicholas Tromans will give a talk Watts Gallery and Polenovo : An Anglo-Russian Arts & Crafts Partnership

11 February 2014

John Ruskin watercolourNew exhibition: John Ruskin - Photographer and Draughtsman at the Watts Gallery is the first exhibition to explore how the new medium of photography played a pivotal role in the evolution of this leading Victorian’s influential thinking.

7 February 2014

Plans to save Limnerslease – the studio and house of the Victorian artist GF Watts in Compton, Surrey - received a boost, thanks to a £2.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support Saving the Watts Studios, the first phase of the Limnerslease Project.
See the Watts Gallery for more details.

19 January 2014

Blackheath Village Archives Group have set up a new website which contains a selection of photos from their collection and also provides more information about their research and preservation of the history of the village.

9 January 2014

Jane Morris portraitA rarely-exhibited striking pastel portrait of Pre-Raphaelite artists’ model Jane Morris, drawn by Evelyn De Morgan, is now on display alongside Evelyn’s oil paintings at the De Morgan Centre.

4 January 2014

Drawing by George Hart for a cup made for the Derby Rowing ClubCourt Barn Museum are currently holding an exhibition A century of fine silver in 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.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 2 March 2014.

7 October 2013

Compton PotteryCompton Pottery - a talk by Desna Greenhow
On Monday 28th October 2013, 7:30 for 8:00 pm at St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road, Farnham, our chairman Dr Desna Greenhow will give a talk for the Farnham Public Art Trust on Compton Pottery. See the flyer for full details.

16 August 2013

Epsom Technical Institute Prospectus 1925-1926Women in arts and technical education in Surrey, 1890-1920 - A talk by Dr Stephen Knott
On Saturday 14 September 2013, 2pm at Surrey History Centre.
This is a free event but seats must be booked in advance, for full details see the event flyer.

The Surrey History Centre is also hosting a display from the archives of the University for the Creative Arts, celebrating the history of tertiary art education in Surrey, from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s with a free display in the foyer at Surrey History Centre during normal opening hours.

4 August 2013

Charles Spooner, Arts and Crafts Architect by Alec Hamilton (published November 2012)New book: Charles Spooner, Arts & Crafts Architect by Alec Hamilton

Charles Spooner was one of the four great names most identified with the Arts and Crafts by no less an observer than C R Ashbee: the other three were Sidney Barnsley, Ernest Gimson and W R Lethaby. Yet, while they are still revered, Spooner has effectively disappeared.
In this new, large-format architectural biography, Alec Hamilton brings Spooner’s work and life back into the light: his churches and church fittings; his houses; his furniture design; his writings and ideas; his friendships and partnerships. And reveals why this shy, diffident, saintly architect, unjustly neglected now, was so loved and admired in his lifetime.
320 pages 284 illustrations, full colour throughout. Further details & order form.

13 July 2013

Hand, Heart and Soul - coverThe book Hand, Heart and Soul: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland by Elizabeth Cumming has been recently reissued by Birlinn.

Elizabeth Cumming also curated the exhibition of the same title in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Aberdeen in 2007-8. For further details, including lists of all objects included in it, see Hand, Heart and Soul: the exhibition.

9 June 2013

Arts and Crafts timelineArts and Crafts Movement exhibition by the pupils of Rodborough School

Students at Rodborough School in Milford have been studying the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey – the area known as the Golden Triangle. With the help of Lottery funding, they have been involved in the designing of a Gertrude Jekyll style garden for the school as well as helping to mount a transportable exhibition detailing the prominent artists, designers and architects who worked and lived in this area.
Wednesday 12 to Saturday 29 June at Haslemere Educational Museum, then moving to Godalming Museum from 5 to 31 August.

6 June 2013

Christie’s auction: The House Beautiful
at Christie’s South Kensington on 12 June 2013. Paul Reeves & The House Beautiful is the personal collection of Paul Reeves, a collector and dealer who loves things which are rare, quirky, and above all beautiful.
Lots include pieces by WAS Benson, Morris & Co, Philip Webb, George Walton, Walter Crane and Archibald Knox among others.

1 May 2013

A G MThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held at 19:30 on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at the Watts Gallery.

Following the meeting, Jan Ward will give a talk A meander through the Parishes of East Surrey for Arts and Crafts Enthusiasts.

29 April 2013

The Blackheath Village Fair will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2-5pm. The ACMS will have a table there with books for sale.

6 April 2013

Painting by Gertrude JekyllGertrude Jekyll: artist, gardener, craftswoman - A talk by Michael Tooley
At Surrey History Centre, Saturday 18 May 2013 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £5.00, to book, please call Surrey History Centre on 01483 518737 or email Surrey History Centre
See the external events page for more details.

4 March 2013

Two exhibitions have been added to our list of external events. At The Lightbox - an exhibition exploring the life of Gertrude Jekyll and her many talents.
At Two Temple Place - an exhibition presenting the most significant grouping of Cornish artworks to be displayed outside Cornwall in recent decades.
See the external events page for more details.

10 February 2013

Artistic House Selling ExhibitionACMS member Christopher Vickers invites you into his home for an Exhibition of Arts & Crafts Furniture and Metalwork.
This year's collection focuses on Arts and Crafts Lighting, both hand wrought replicas and antique pieces, together with a selection of hand made clocks and furniture.

The Artistic House Selling Exhibition, March 15th - 24th 2013, 11am - 4pm

23 January 2013

Watts Gallery - forthcoming exhibition
A Pre-Raphaelite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale

5 February - 9 June 2013

Further details from the Watts Gallery.

16 January 2013

The Lost Paintings of Evelyn De MorganDe Morgan Centre exhibition: The Lost Paintings of Evelyn De Morgan
This remarkable exhibition will display sketches, studies and photographs of a number of Evelyn De Morgan’s paintings lost in a 1991 art store fire. The Lost Paintings of Evelyn De Morgan will run from 1st February to 20th April 2013.
See our external events page for further details.

14 January 2013

Lecture: Lutyens in the City of London
12 February 2013.
Dr Mervyn Miller, Trustee of The Lutyens Trust and Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, will be giving this lecture at 6 pm for 6.30 pm in the Jarvis Hall at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place - tickets £18 to include wine and nibbles.
Full details are in the flyer.

12 January 2013

New exhibition at the Cuming Museum
5 February to 31 August 2013. An exhibition showcasing a rarely seen group of unique ceramics by the renowned Martin brothers. This exhibition will trace the four brother’s progress as artists, revealing their extraordinary imaginations and eccentric personalities. See our external events page for further details.

6 January 2013

Voysey Society launches journal
The work of Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) has inspired generations of architects and designers. As well as over forty country houses, some of them modest in scale, he was the designer of a wide range of decorative objects, furniture and furnishings. The Orchard, the annual journal of The C.F.A. Voysey Society, is named after the house he built for himself in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, and includes articles ranging from previously unpublished carpet designs to one of his few non-domestic buildings – the Winsford Cottage Hospital. It was the lack of certainty over the future of that building which inspired a group of admirers of Voysey’s work to form the society in September 2011. The society supports the Winsford Trust in its fight to retain the building for community use.

To find out more about the Society visit or write to the Secretary at Voysey House, Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London W4 4PH.

12 August 2012

National TrustThe National Trust at Standen have announced their autumn programme of exhibitions and talks, featuring a lecture lunch The Arts and Crafts Country House presented by Clive Aslet on 11 September.

Dr Ian Hamerton will present some of the other lectures.

19 May 2012

Ashbee decanterNew displays to open at Court Barn Museum

Visitors can expect to be delighted by the new displays at Court Barn Museum which will be inaugurated on Friday 25 May.

On display will be pieces by the radical late nineteenth/early 20th century Arts & Crafts designer CR Ashbee including a magnificent silver presentation piece, a classic designed muffin dish and some beautiful pieces of jewellery which have never been on public display before. Other items on display will show the work of the Harts Silversmiths, a family business which has been based in Chipping Campden since 1902. In addition to the examples by the Hart family there is also work by Harry Warmington, Sydney Reeve and Wentworth Huyshe.

15 May 2012

Sky ArtsAntiques Enthusiasts Wanted for New TV Show

ITN is currently looking for people for a new antiques TV series. The new antiques gameshow is for Sky ARTS and they are looking for contestants to take part. Contestants have the chance to win antiques worth up to £1,000 initially, or £5,000 in the final. The show is also a national competition, and contestants will also compete to win a place in the final, where the ultimate winner will be named the best amateur antiques brain in Britain.

For more information, download the flyer or apply at

8 May 2012

A G MThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held at 19:30 on Tuesday 22 May 2012 at the Tilford Institute.

Following the meeting, Jane Balfour will introduce us to a new series of booklets Harold Peto's Travel Diaries which have recently been published.

14 April 2012

ACMSACMS website

After a break for some behind-the-scenes reworking, the ACMS website is now fully available again.

13 April 2012

Word in the Pattern 2012New book published by the Society

The Word in the Pattern by Mary Seton Watts

A facsimile of Mary Watts' 1905 key to the symbols on the walls of the chapel at Compton. Also with accompanying essays on Mary Watts' Cemetery Chapel drawn from the Watts Gallery Symposium 2010.

112 pages with colour and monochrome illustrations. Available from the Society at £16 + £2.52 p&p.

4 April 2012

Book cover - Phillips Memorial ParkNew book published by the Society

Phillips Memorial Park - An Arts and Crafts Movement Tribute to a Hero of the Titanic

On the night of 14th April 1912, the unthinkable disaster happened; the White Star Line’s RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sank within just a few hours with the loss of many lives. Remaining at his post, the young Marconi trained telegraph operator, Jack Phillips continued to transmit wireless messages until three minutes before the ship went down; he was lost at sea and became lauded for his devotion to duty; the Carpathia which responded to his messages picked up 705 survivors.

This new book by The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey is published as a memorial for the centenary of the sinking of Titanic. The eight contributing authors, all experts in their field, put the events of that night into the broader context of the times.

56 pages with colour illustrations. Available from the Society at £8.95 + £1.42 p&p. Full details on our publications page

7 January 2012

Cover of Anna Lea Merritt’s Murals: Wall paintings in a Surrey ChurchNew book published by the Society

Anna Lea Merritt’s Murals: Wall paintings in a Surrey Church

Available from the Society at £6.50 + £1.42 p&p. Full details on our publications page.

19 December 2011

Seahorse tile panelVoyages of Discovery: The De Morgans and the Sea

Ships, sea monsters, seashores, shells, sirens and sea maidens are all to be discovered in a vibrant exhibition at the De Morgan Centre.

The exhibition will run from February 3rd 2012 to 25th August 2012.Ruby lustre galleon plate

10 December  2011

A new website for Abbotswood is a new website which represents the interests of Abbotswood in Burpham and the surrounding neighbourhood.

The website provides a description of Abbotswood together with a synopsis of its history and a brief biography of the architect Alfred Claude Burlingham who as a young man designed nearly all of the original houses on the estate.

9 December 2011

Cultural Connections Exhibition at the James Hockey & Foyer Galleries UCA, Farnham 5 - 14th Jan 2012Cultural Connections Exhibition at the James Hockey & Foyer Galleries UCA, Farnham 5 - 14th Jan 2012

The exhibition celebrates the contribution by three local architects and contemporaries Harold Falkner, Guy Maxwell Aylwin and Arthur Stedman, to the story of one town, one place in England during times of great upheaval and urban development. ‘Cultural Connections’ is a fragment of Farnham’s story and a metaphor for the history of all English towns over the last 125 years.

Full details in the event flyer (PDF, 1.7MB).

14 November 2011

Front cover of newsletter 14The Autumn-Winter Newsletter has been published and all members should have received their copy.

6 October 2011

Illustrated talk on behalf of ACMS

ACMS member Olive Maggs will be giving an illustrated talk The Publishing Unwins and the Gresham Institute, an Arts and Crafts building in St Thomas Church, 122 New Road, Chilworth, GU4 8LU at 19:30 on Saturday 8th October.

Entrance is free and there will be wine served. All are very welcome.

20 September 2011

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey logoMemorial lectern presented to Watts Gallery

A lectern serving as a memorial to John George, co-founder and former Chairman of the Society was presented to the Watts Gallery. See the full report.

30 August 2011

New book by Judith B Tankard: Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life

Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden is the first book in over two decades devoted to the most important garden designer of the twentieth century.

See our publications page for more details.

26 August 2011

Porchester Cottage, designed and built by Jewson in Chipping Campden in 1935From Sapperton to Campden: a display of the work of Norman Jewson

This September, Court Barn Museum will be showing how much influence Norman Jewson had in the Cotswolds, working on projects from Sapperton to Campden.

Further details on our external events page.

30 July 2011

The former Winsford Cottage Hospital in Halwill Junction, Devon is a unique but little known example of the work of C.F.A Voysey, remaining largely as Voysey conceived it, with many of his trademark features despite 50 years in the hands of the NHS. The Winsford Trust, which now owns the building, is taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days and will be open to the general public on Saturday 10th September.

30 May 2011

Hill House Antiques exhibitionArts & Crafts Selling Exhibition

Hill House Antiques will be holding their 4th Annual Arts & Crafts Selling Exhibition from Thursday June 9th to Saturday June 18th 2011.

26 April 2011

The Voysey SocietyThe CFA Voysey Society

New web address:

The Voysey Society has been founded to celebrate the oeuvre of architect and designer Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941), one of the leading figures in both the Arts and Crafts movement and its immediate successors.

It is the Society’s objective to encourage research into all aspects of Voysey’s life & work and to help to maintain his legacy. Amongst other activities, the Society hopes to develop a programme of lectures and visits around the country.

They are now seeking expressions of interest in joining the Society. In particular they hope to fill key committee roles including Executive Chair and Secretary. If you are interested in membership, please contact the acting membership secretary, Dr Peter King with your name, address and email address. If appropriate, an indication of your willingness to take an active role will be especially welcome. There is no commitment and no cost at this stage.

7 April 2011

Surrey Archaeological SocietySurrey Archaeological Society Annual Lecture

The Life and Work of Helen Allingham by Annabel Watts. Friday 10th June at The Menuhin Hall, Stoke D’Abernon, Surrey.

7 April 2011

Court Barn, Chipping CampdenExhibition: Blossoms of the Arts & Crafts movement

A special exhibition celebrating the importance of nature to the Arts & Crafts movement.

Thurs 21 April – Sunday 3 July 2011 at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden.

16 March 2011

External lecture: Victorian and Edwardian portraits with Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins, Chairman of The National Trust, Sarah Staniforth,  Peter Funnell and Jan Marsh discuss the importance of portraits to the National Trust, and how it has joined forces with the National Portrait Gallery to create a national trail of great Victorians and Edwardians. The event marks the launch of a new book A Guide to Victorian & Edwardian Portraits. Held at the National Portrait Gallery, 31 March.

9 March 2011

A G MThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Thursday 12 May 2011 at the Tilford Institute.

To be followed by a lecture by ACMS Society member John Fairbanks about his sketches of Arts and Crafts buildings.

8 February 2011

New book by Hilary Grainger: The Architecture of Sir Ernest George

480 pages with 267 colour & 65 b/w illustrations, hardback. RRP £65.00

See our publications page for more details.

8 February 2011

Compton in the 1890s - At home with GF & Mary Watts An illustrated talk by Dr Desna Greenhow, the new Chairman of ACMS.

8.00 pm Monday 28 February 2011
United Reformed Church Hall South Street, Farnham
£5 payable at door, (students £2) including welcoming drinks from 7.30 pm Enquiries 01252 702449

1 February 2011

Voysey bog oak clockACMS member Christopher Vickers invites you into his home for an Exhibition of Arts & Crafts Furniture and Metalwork, with designs by CFA Voysey, Ernest Gimson and Norman Jewson.

The Artistic House Selling Exhibition, March 18th - 27th 2011, 11am - 4pm

3 November 2010

New book by Mary Greensted: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain

Mary Greensted tells the story of the birth and development of the arts and craft movement in Britain with the help of numerous illustrations showing the buildings, furniture, metalwork, and the people who influenced it.

1 October 2010

The Newsletter has now been published and all members should soon be receiving their copy.

17 May 2010

Charles Brooking at the Brooking Home Study Collection near Guildford.The Brooking Collection is under threat

Please help raise funds to ensure that The Brooking Collection is moved to a safe place pending plans to build new museum. The major part of the collection, currently housed at the University of Greenwich's Woolwich warehousing, must find a new site. Please read more about this urgent need.

Donations can be made through the Charities Aid Foundation.

10 May 2010

GoddardsDetails of the Lutyens Study day at Goddards, Abinger Common are now available on the diary page. As part of the day, Martin Lutyens will present a lecture From Country House to Viceroy’s House about the work of his great-uncle, Sir Edwin Lutyens.

10 May 2010

Church of the Good Shepherd in Dockenfield. Click to enlarge.This year, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Dockenfield will be celebrating 100 years since the foundation stone was laid. The architect of the church was W Curtis Green.

 To mark the actual day, John Chuter, nephew of the builder, will be giving a talk about it at the church at 7pm on 28th May. There will also be a display in the church from 28th May to 7th June.

26 April 2010

A G MThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Wednesday 19 May 2010 at the Tilford Institute.

It will be followed by a talk by Marianne Tidcombe.

30 March

Can you help?

A new membership secretary is required to take over from the Acting Membership Secretary. The ability to manage a Microsoft Excel database is necessary as is an Internet connection for sending and receiving email messages. If you think you may be interested in assisting the Society with this task, your contribution will be very welcome. To find out more, contact Denise Todd .

21 December 2009

Annual subscriptions

The annual subscription is due on 1st January and the rates are unchanged from this year. However, the Society's banking details have changed, so please look out for the new standing order mandate in this month's mailing.

4 December 2009

Book cover: The Leonard Stokes Directory by Jan WardThe Leonard Stokes Directory by ACMS member Jan Ward

Jan Ward's book on the life and work of Leonard Stokes is now available to purchase, either at Society lectures or via Amazon UK. Details of this and other publications of interest may be found on the publications page.

Note that almost all of the publications may be purchased from Amazon via convenient links on the publications page.

21 November 2009

The Lutyens Trust 2010 desk calendar

Enjoy the genius of Sir Edwin Lutyens and raise money for The Lutyens Trust by buying one of their desk calendars. - sorry, now SOLD OUT

The calendars, which are printed on high quality paper, feature photographs from the Lutyens Trust Photographic Archive.

5 June 2009

Watts chapel terracotta friezeIn May, Watts Gallery Curator Mark Bill gave a lecture An Artist’s Rural Retreat: G. F. Watts and Limnerslease. Some pictures of the ACMS visit can be seen in a photo gallery.

27 May 2009

Voysey sundialTheft of a brass sundial designed by CFA Voysey.

Details and more pictures are here.


30 April 2009

Whiteley village logoWhiteley Village near Walton-on-Thames, Surrey is currently undergoing a modernisation that renovates the Arts and Crafts elements and preserves the very best of the architecture whilst providing homes that meet the needs and aspirations of current and future residents.

Read more about the ACMS visit to Whiteley Village and the restoration project.

29 April 2009

A G MThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Thursday 14 May 2009 at the Tilford Institute.

It will be followed by a presentation by Society member Robin Stannard on the Philips Memorial Cloister with Rob Anderton of Waverly BC. Society member Sarah Sullivan will also present a short illustrated presentation on the ACMS Recording Project.

3 April 2009

Hill House Antiques & Decorative Arts, London based specialists of the British Arts & Crafts Movement, will be opening their first new permanent gallery space at 40 Eaton Terrace, London SW1, on Friday, 1st May 2009.

30 March 2009

A new page is available showing events outside the Society which may be of interest to members.

27 March 2009

Society member Sarah Sullivan is researching Charles Harrison Townsend for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey and comprising a Catalogue Raisonne of all his works. You may like to look at the new website:

25 March 2009

The Race to save Undershaw

Hindhead Together is leading on an appeal to save Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from residential development. The striking redbrick house, which Conan Doyle commissioned and lived in at the height of his career, sits in 3 acres of land in Hindhead, high in the Surrey Hills, looking down the Nutcombe Valley and onto the South Downs.

Find more details on the Hindhead Together website or in the newsletter (pdf 1.3Mb)

23 March 2009

Advance information of events and the autumn lecture series are now available on the diary page.

5 March 2009

Book cover: Arts & crafts copper work in NewlynNewlyn Copper

Colin Pill who undertook a research project on Newlyn Copper, mentioned here in 2007, has produced a book on the subject, co-authored with Daryl Bennett.

Colin has also recently launched a web site on the arts and crafts metalwork associated with the Home Arts and Industries Association:

24 September 2008

Logo for General University Lecture Programme - BathThis autumn the University of Bath is presenting a program of three linked lunchtime lectures on "Head, Hand & Heart: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Great Britain". The fee per lecture is £6.50 including a sandwich lunch or £18 for all three when booked in advance.

For more information and an on-line booking form see Bath (GULP)

4 July 2008

The Society has received the sad news of the unexpected death of John George chairman of the arts and crafts movement in surrey since it was founded in 1996.  he led the society with imagination and enthusiasm and will be greatly missed.  a service is to be held next week in guildford, surrey.


"A joyful celebration of the life of John Francis George";
on Wednesday 9 July at 2pm
at Holy Trinity Church High Street, Guildford (at the upper end of the High Street, opposite the almshouses)

No flowers, donations to your own choice of charity/organisation

13 June 2008

Picture of Vann, HambledonVann Centenary: A Celebration

To celebrate the centenary of the Caroe family at Vann, Hambledon, there will be a programme of lectures and a tour of the house and gardens on Wednesday 30th July 2008. A flyer for the event may be downloaded in PDF format.

30 May 2008

TV iconTV program of interest

In a programme to be broadcast on Thursday 10 July at 8pm, the Channel Five series The Property List will be looking at the best places to find period homes in the UK, and Godalming will be featured as the best place to find Arts and Crafts properties.

20 May 2008

External events and appeals

Appeal and exhibition - A £75,000 restoration project has been launched to restore the murals by Anna Lea Merritt in St Martin’s Church, Blackheath designed by architect Charles Harrison Townsend. Members of ACMS are invited to attend a reception and presentation about the murals by Art Historian Olive Maggs  in the Village Hall, Blackheath, Surrey on 18 June. Also an exhibition in the Church The Story of the Patron, the Architect and the Artist

Touring Exhibition - Ancient Landscapes Pastoral Visions: Samuel Palmer to the Ruralists with study day and talks by art historian and exhibition curator Anne Anderson at all venues:

Appeal for help from The Brooking Collection Dry and secure storage, an equivalent space to 2-3 garages, is sought for two years to safeguard architectural components until they can be accommodated at Greenwich. If you can assist or have suggestions for possible locations, please contact Charles Brooking: 01483 274208

Exhibition 31 May - 5 July Watercolour Through the Ages: Works from the Borough Collection, including Helen Allingham, at Guildford House Gallery, Guildford 01483 444742

Exhibition until 13 December Makers & Movers at Crafts Study Centre, Farnham 01252 891450

12 April 2008

A G MThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Wednesday 14 May 2008 at the Tilford Institute.

It will be followed by a lecture by Robin Stannard on Thackeray Turner.

21 March 2008

Radio program of interest.

BBC Radio 4 starting Monday 24th March  15:45 to 16:00 Laurence Llewelyn Bowen's History of Home.

Episode 1, Mr Voysey: The Architect of Middle England was recorded at Norney Grange with Wendy Hitchmough and Russell Clapshaw discussing Voysey with Llewelyn Bowen.

1 March 2008

CFA Voysey Suffolk ChairACMS members Chris and Jenny Vickers invite you into their home for their Spring Exhibition of Arts & Crafts Furniture and Metalwork, with designs by CFA Voysey, Ernest Gimson and Norman Jewson.

The Artistic House Selling Exhibition, March 7th - 16th 2008, 10am - 4pm
Tel: 01373 467897 or email: Chris Vickers  for further information.

10 February 2008

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29 November 2007

Every Square Mile logoEvery Square Mile is a BBC pilot project to create a 'people's history' in the area of Runnymede and Woking. The BBC is asking the public to help capture the events, personalities, legends and landmarks that make this area unique.

28 October 2007

An illustrated report of the recent ACMS visit to Ditchling for the Eric Gill exhibition is now available.

27 October 2007

Radio program of interest.

BBC Radio 4 starting Monday 12th November  09:45 to 10:00 Book of the Week - Augustus Pugin.

Rosemary Hill's biography of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, one of Britain's greatest architects, abridged in five parts by Doreen Estall and read by Haydn Gwynne.

13 October 2007

A massive heraldic ceramic charger by Alfred & Louise Powell, c1920.Simon Chorley Art & Antiques are holding a Cotswold Arts and Crafts Exhibition at Prinknash Abbey from 13th October 2007 to 21st October 2007.

Opening hours: daily from 10am – 4pm. Admission, £3 in aid of St John Ambulance. Prinknash Abbey is off the A46 near Painswick, Gloucestershire. Follow brown signs to Prinknash Abbey Park. Parking and refreshments are available.

9 October 2007

External events of interest

Hand, Heart and Soul: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland - Exhibition at Millennium Galleries Sheffield 25 October to 20 January 2008

Millais - Exhibition on the founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at Tate Britain from 26 September to 15 January 2008. Tel: 020 7887 8888 

17 July 2007

The photo galleries for the recent ACMS visit to the church of St Mary at Great Warley and to Gidea Park are now available. Watch out for the camera symbol next to events for more photo galleries.

25 June 2007

The first of a new series of photo galleries is now available. This pilot shows a few photographs from a recent ACMS visit to Ditchling in Sussex to see Sir Frank Brangwen's former workshop. There are also some pictures of his work produced at Ditchling which are now at Swansea Guildhall.

It is planned to extend the galleries to show a few pictures of every visit (where possible) from now on.

11 June 2007

Court Barn, Chipping CampdenOn 28 July 2007, Court Barn, a stylish, ground-breaking and brand-new museum will open in the historic town of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. Please note the revised opening date

3 June 2007

ACMS members Chris and Jenny Vickers' website at Arts and Crafts Design shows their furniture and metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Style made to commission or from stock.

In part to celebrate 150 years since Voysey's birthday on the 28th May 1857, and also as much of Chris' work is inspired by, and to the designs of CFA Voysey, he has re-launched his website featuring many designs and details by Voysey.

23 May 2007

TV program of interest.

BBC 2 on Wednesday 30th May at 19:00 - Jonathan Meades: Abroad Again - Letchworth.

Heaven: Folkwoven in England.
Jonathan Meades tells the story of Letchworth, the first British garden city. A social experiment, its legacy is Britain's ubiquitous, banal sprawl. Yet it all started so charmingly with naked dew-bathers, vegetarian mystics and sandal-makers roaming through Hertfordshire clay fields.

21 May 2007

Detail from octopus pin dishA new project to research and celebrate Newlyn Copper

A project is being established to study the history of Newlyn copper and to bring together pictures, documents and oral history of this important Arts and Crafts venture. The outcomes of the project would be to increase public access to and enjoyment of the history and cultural significance of Newlyn copper, promoting exhibitions, web based information and a publication to capture and illustrate the Newlyn story. Download the newsletter in PDF format (920Kb).

18 May 2007

A Lutyens house in SurreyACMS Society member John Fairbanks has kindly allowed us to reproduce some of his sketches of Arts and Crafts subjects in Surrey.

12 May 2007

Hill House Antiques tileHill House Antiques are holding an inaugural Arts & Crafts selling Exhibition at the Richard Dennis Gallery, 144 Kensington Church Street, London from June 7th to 16th 2007.

The selling exhibition has part emphasis on CFA Voysey and AW Simpson of Kendal, as coincidentally it is the 150th anniversary of both men's birth.

7 May 2007

TV program of interest.

BBC 4 on Sunday 20th May at 20:00 - Edwin Lutyens Master Architect.

As part of their Edwardians season, the BBC are showing architecture critic Patrick Nuttgens' 1981 documentary on the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, exploring the plans and buildings of the man who designed Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and the city of New Delhi.

16 April 2007

AGMThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Thursday 17 May at the Tilford Institute. It will be followed by a lecture by Michael Edwards on restoring Lutyens buildings.

15 March 2007

The City Art Centre, Edinburgh will be holding an exhibition "Hand, Heart & Soul - The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland" from 30 June to 23 September 2007.

The variety of exhibits, from stained glass windows, enamels, tapestries, domestic furniture and homewares, filmed interiors, architectural plans, illustrated books and garden furniture will provide audiences with many routes of interest and much to admire. For enthusiasts, the exhibition will offer the opportunity to view key items as well as works rarely seen in public.

Read an extended description of this event.

2 March 2007

The William Morris Gallery at Walthamstow is under threat of closure and the opening times have been dramatically reduced. A group of local people have organised a website in order to speak out about this.

2 March 2007

Voysey Box - click for larger image

ACMS members Chris and Jenny Vickers are holding their annual selling exhibition this year from 9 to 18 March. Download more details and also see their website which shows their furniture and metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Style made to commission or from stock.

28 February 2007

TV program of interest.
Channel 4: Time Team Special
Thursday 1st March at 21:00 Pugin: The God of Gothic.

Augustus Pugin designed the Houses of Parliament. He designed cathedrals, churches and grand country houses. He created furniture, lighting and wallpaper. His mid-19th-century ideas about what ordinary houses should look like are hugely influential today.

4 January 2007

Exterior view of the Watts GalleryFollowing the disappointment of second place on BBC's Restoration Village, The Watts Gallery has been awarded a £4.3 million earmarked grant. A wonderful Christmas Present from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The award will provide the foundation stone of the £10m Hope Appeal to save the Gallery. The Gallery has already reached over £1m of pledges and gifts, but still needs to continue fundraising. If you would like to make a donation online now to the Hope Appeal please go to

3 January 2007

Wellers AuctionsAuction of British Arts & Crafts of the 20th Century

At their Chertsey salerooms, on Friday 2nd February at 12:00, Wellers Auctioneers are holding an auction of Arts and Crafts items, including pottery by Bernard Leach and furniture by E. Gimson. Full details of viewing times are available on their webpage, the catalogue will be available online from 15 January.

4 August 2006

Exterior view of the Watts GalleryThe Watts Gallery is through to the final of BBC2's Restoration Village on Sunday 17 September.

VOTE Watts Gallery on Sunday 17 September

24 July 2006

Exterior view of the Watts GalleryThe Watts Gallery is to appear on BBC2's Restoration Village on 28 July at 9:00 pm.

There will also be a Restoration Roadshow at the gallery on Sunday 30 July 10am-6pm.

26 May 2006

Watts Gallery Hope appealSince its formation, the Society for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey has had a close relationship with the Watts Gallery and now supports the Gallery with their Hope appeal.


20 May 2006

AGM of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey

The Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on 24 May at the Tilford Institute. The meeting will be followed by an illustrated presentation "The Hope appeal and Watts Gallery past, present and future".

19 May 2006

Court Barn, Chipping CampdenThe Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey is pleased to highlight the appeal by the Guild of Handicraft Trust to create a museum of Craft and Design from the Arts and Crafts movement onwards at Court Barn in Chipping Campden.

21 March 2006

Click for larger imageLaunch of a new publication: Watts Gallery - A personal view by Richard Jeffries. Memories from his twenty years as curator, and comments on paintings and sculptures in the collection.

For more details, go to the Publications page.


6 March 2006

House in Florida - do you know of one like this in Surrey?Can you identify this house? We have had an enquiry from Tallahassee in Florida where the owner of this house, a copy of one believed to be in Surrey, would like to locate the original.

27 February 2006

The full list of books available to purchase at ACMS events is now shown on the Publications page.




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