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Bucks County Museum
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HP20 2QP
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25th December 2018
10am-4pm Tue-Sat
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The Hart Silversmiths – a living tradition

22 September – 8 December 2018

This exciting exhibition celebrates the remarkable tradition of silversmithing that has been carried out by the Hart family at The Guild in Chipping Campden for over one hundred years. Their workshop is the sole survivor of CR Ashbee’s Arts & Crafts Guild of Handicraft which relocated to Chipping Campden in 1902. Four generations of talented Hart silversmiths have worked in this workshop using the same tools and techniques. Back in the 1920s, George Henry Hart designed and made important commissions such as the Processional Cross for Gloucester Cathedral, later used at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and the Royal Ascot Hunt Cup in the Goldsmiths’ Hall collection.

The Hart Silversmiths Trust was established in 2010 to care for and conserve the workshop’s unique drawings and design archive. This comprises over 3000 original historical drawings, many of which can be seen as works of art in their own right. A selection of drawings will be on display accompanied by historic arts and crafts silver including a stunning trophy for Derby Regatta Rowing Club, commissioned church silver and domestic silverware along with contemporary silver objects designed and crafted by the Harts in the 21st century.

Trish Hart will be giving a talk about this fascinating family story and there will be a discussion / demonstration by silversmith, David Hart on Thursday 4 October at 2.30pm. Tickets available from museum or via website www.buckscountymuseum.org 

Come along and find out more about the craft of silversmithing and the Arts & Crafts movement.

Accompanying this display will be a small selection of silver across the centuries from the museum’s own collections and newly designed work by James Dougall, a local contemporary silversmith from Buckinghamshire.


NEW exhibition of 100 Embroidered Hearts to commemorate the end of WW1


Bucks County Museum is marking the end of WW1 with an exhibition of embroidered hearts and a talk on the representation of women in the war.


100 HEARTS: Legacy of War

Embroiderers’ Guild stitched hearts to commemorate the end of WW1


20 October 2018 – 12 January 2019


The Embroiderers’ Guild invited their members to take part in the commemoration of the ending of WW1 by stitching an original design on a fabric heart. The designs could depict any aspect of the war from the battlefields, ships, planes, military insignia and war horses. Local and regional artists have also interpreted personal stories using cloth and thread as both a medium and metaphor, allowing them to explore common themes of war - such as loss, hope, bravery and comradeship - in unique and thought-provoking ways.

12 venues around the country were chosen to display the hearts, Bucks County Museum being one, and at each venue there is a different mixture of pieces made by local members.

Come and see these intricate and evocative pieces of work all done in fabric and thread that commemorate this historic event. The Bucks County Museum display also includes photographic portraits of men and women from Bucks whose lives were affected by the war. Entry by donation.


Special WW1 Talk

Fighting on Different Fronts: Representations of Women in the First World War

Thursday 8 November, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Drawing on previously unpublished material, Peter Vass from Oxford Brookes University, examines the way women were represented in propaganda in the First World War and considers how these ‘altered images’ marked a change in the perception of women and their role in society. £5 per person. To book call 01296 331441 or visit www.buckscountymuseum.org


Don’t miss the fabulous Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery for hands-on discovery and amazing science inspired by Roald Dahl’s wonderful stories. 

Please visit Bucks County Museum website for full event details: www.buckscountymuseum.org


Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP. Tel 01296 331441  www.buckscountymuseum.org

The Hart workshop at The Guild, 2017 (courtesy Bucks County Museum)
The Hart workshop at The Guild, 2017
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