Farnham

United Kingdom



Address:
University College for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road
Surrey
GU9 7DS
Phone: +44(0)1252 891450
Website: www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk

Crafts Study Centre

England’s first museum of modern crafts features textiles, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture and innovative new work by some of Britain’s most famous 20th and 21st century makers. The Centre was established in 1970 and has an international standing as a unique archive of 20th century British crafts.


Permanent Collection

The Crafts Study Centre's collection embraces ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and wood, accompanied by reference books including makers’ diaries, documents, photographs and working notes. The collection includes work by influential figures such as Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper in ceramics; Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher in woven and printed textiles; and calligraphy by Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington; and furniture by Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley. Much of the collection and archive has been built up from donations and bequests. For example, Bernard Leach gave the Centre nearly one hundred of his pots, together with pieces he had collected in Japan, Korea and China (which influenced his work). He also bequeathed all his papers to the collection (including diaries that documented his time in Japan).


Exhibitions

Free exhibitions feature work from the Centre's remarkable permanent collection and work by some of today's leading craft practitioners. For exhibition dates go to: www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk


Previous Exhibitions

For details go to our website: www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk


Forthcoming exhibitions

Details about forthcoming exhibitions can be found at: www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk


Cost

Free admission to all exhibitions. Gallery talks by Makers and Curators are £5. To book go to: www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk


Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm


Getting there

By car: There is limited on street parking in front of the Centre and usually space for drop-off by the front door. Waitrose car park is adjacent to our entrance.

By Bus: Stagecoach Bus number 64 runs between Guildford and Winchester, stopping in Farnham Town Centre (The Borough). From The Borough, go west 150 metres, turn right at The Hart, walk 100 metres to Falkner Road. The Centre is across the road on your left next to the entrance of the University College for the Creative Arts.

By Train: Every half hour from London Waterloo journey time from 50 minutes. Farnham station is a level 15-minute walk from the Crafts Study Centre. Walk north to Farnham town centre crossing over the Farnham Bypass onto South Street. Turn left The Borough, walk 300 metres, turn right at The Hart. Walk 100 metres to Falkner Road. The Crafts Study Centre is next to the entrance the University College for the Creative Arts. For a map and visitor information visit: www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk


Facilities

The Centre is a new three-story building providing a level entrance and wheelchair access to both galleries and the research room via a lift.

The Centre has three public toilets including separate facilities for disabled users. Baby-changing facilities are also available.

An induction loop is available at reception.

Our gift shop offers new craft objects each month along with a selection of books related to crafts, makers and the Centre. We sell post cards featuring exquisite images from our exhibitions, and hand-made greeting cards by local makers.

Tours of the Centre and access to the Collections for research and group visits are available by appointment. Please ring +44(0)1252 891450 for more information.

Cafés can be found in the nearby Lion & Lamb courtyard (opposite Waitrose entrance).

The attractive Sculpture Garden adjacent to the Centre’s entrance is suitable for picnics.


Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

For more information please visit www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk and go to the News and Events links.


FAQ's

Where was the Crafts Study Centre located previously? At the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath from 1970 to 2000 when it relocated to Farnham and a new building was designed and constructed by the University College for the Creative Arts for the Crafts Study Centre's collections, research, work and exhibitions.


Education

The Crafts Study Centre at the University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham is a new museum serving local, regional, national and international audiences receiving and presenting 20th century and contemporary crafts. We are a resource for graduate and postgraduate students, practitioners in the work environment, and for academic staff. The Centre's research library is available for appointment, enabling study visits by individuals and groups to the collection and archive. Digital images and essays about the collection can be found at: http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/CSC.html. For more information please contact our Collections Manager on +44(0)1252 891452.


Groups

Tours of the Centre and access to the Collections for research and group visits are available by prior appointment. Please ring +44 (0)1252 891452 for more information.


Schools

School visits are encouraged, to arrange a suitable date and time please contact our Collections Manager on +44(0)1252 891452. To help plan the focus of your visit please request a copy of our information sheet for areas of study that relate to Key Stages 1 through 5.


Families

Families are encouraged to come to our free exhibitions


Children

Children are encouraged to learn more about the Centre by participating in our special events organised as part of Farnham Creates, Museums & Galleries Month in May and the Big Draw.


Students

The Centre's research library is available for appointment, enabling study visits by individuals and groups to the collection and archive. Digital images and essays about the collection can be found at: http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/CSC.html.


Adults

The Centre's research library is available for appointment, enabling study visits by individuals and groups to the collection and archive. Digital images and essays about the collection can be found at: http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/CSC.html.


Membership

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Crafts Study Centre please contact us on +44(0)1252 891450


Sponsorship

To discuss sponsorship opportunities for our exhibitions and events please contact our Director, Simon Olding on +44(0)1252 892953


Venue hire

Not available for hire