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Winchcombe Archive Collection at Long Room Gallery The Winchcombe Archive Collection is essentially a private museum and gallery housed in a traditional timber framed and stone built 400 year old merchants house, dedicated to recreating and celebrating aspects of the arts and crafts lifestyle of the Cotswolds in the inter-war years of the 1920s and 1930s. Having at its core a major foundation collection of early studio slipwares made by the renowned potter Michael Cardew and his Winchcombe team, it also acts as a permanent home and venue for the display, study and discussion of this and related art and design of the same period through regular exhibitions and talks. Taking a primarily domestic approach to both its chosen creative media and its display ethos, the Collection seeks to provide ready public access to such furniture, ceramics, wall hung and applied art of its period, displayed in closed cabinets where necessary but majoring on an open room setting approach. The intention is to illustrate to visitors, how such craft made and well designed objects were used in domestic interiors of their period, and through employing as far as possible a hands on approach, to promote a greater appreciation of both the individual items, and the context for which they were originally created. Structuring of exhibitions and shows: Aside from the continuing and rotating display of primarily slipwares of the Cardew School sourced from four private foundation collections, exhibitions are held every six months in May and November relying additionally on outside loans from other participating private collections of wall hung art and other creative media. Diverse shows are thus periodically curated on a wide range of topics chosen thematically and/or chronologically to illustrate the transferability of common aesthetic themes and styles across a wide range of hand made objects. Exhibitions are further enhanced through Saturday teatime talks given by invited experts in their chosen fields, held to give visitors a greater appreciation of the creative processes behind exhibits and enhanced by selective handling sessions. Selling element: To raise funds for the continuing running costs of the Collection and promote current day makers, selling shows are also held in tandem with these six monthly exhibitions, with contemporary ceramics and some art for sale selected to be directly complimentary to the given theme. Similarly, and subject to availability, period art and ceramics are also offered for purchase. Past and present show themes: Exhibition themes to date have focussed on the output of Winchcombe Pottery in the 1920s and 1930s, and more recently the use of brushwork to embellish and decorate the everyday tablewares of Cardew and his team. May 2016 will see a large retrospective tribute to the long career of Cardew’s successor at Winchcombe, Ray Finch, as summer 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of his arrival at the Pottery. Michael had a deep seated love of music and popular regional culture and folk craft, an area in considerable vogue between the wars for both his friends and in the wider artistic community. This aspect of his creativity will be elucidated by a Folk Art themed show this November, with the exhibition and sale of both period and contemporary objects imbued with a folk or naïve aesthetic. Plans for 2017-2018: Subject to the support of private lenders, the Collection intends to host a run of complimentary exhibitions of neo-romantic art of the inter war years primarily in wood engraved and etched media. The artists selected will range from the Cotswolds based FL Griggs (May 2017) through alumni of Goldsmiths College of the 1920s to the etcher and educationalist Robin Tanner (May 2018). The connections of such art with our foundation collection of ceramics range from the primarily geographic to the directly personal, with all broadly imbued with a love of the English Countryside and its lifestyle - notably the Cotswolds - and of its traditional built environment. External curators: We already benefit from the advice and help of retired professionals from the public museums sector, both in the curation of individual shows and in planning and sourcing our future exhibitions. We are also open to approaches from like minded external curators working in similar media for us to host shows here in the medium term (2018-). Future donations: We would be particularly keen to attract future donations and legacies of Cotswolds School and related display and domestic furnishings to complement existing Collection assets. It is the direct experience of our existing collaborators, that objects entrusted to public museums are all too frequently consigned to reserve collections, only rarely to be displayed and thus enjoyed by the general visiting public. We have the principle of accessibility as a core founding ethos, and hope that this is a principal shared by other private individuals who might chose to contribute loved objects from their collections on temporary loan or as permanent donations or legacies in the future. Charitable trust: The medium term intention is to create a permanent charitable trust to be the recipient and guardian of loved objects from private collections, undertaking their periodic display subject to the context of individual exhibitions, and ensuring their accessibility where possible, subject to necessary issues of care and conservation to ensure their enjoyment by future generations. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Related heritage venues: We maintain cordial relations, particularly with Court Barn Guild of Handicraft Museum, Chipping Campden, the Friends of The Wilson, and with the Gordon Russell Trust, Broadway. All have, to a greater or lesser extent, kindly proactively assisted the establishment of the Collection here through Friends mailings and website promotion. This reflects common cause in celebrating a unique period of early Modern Movement craft creativity in the Cotswolds, with our initiative designed in part to fill a significant gap in the coverage of the pottery side of things which, in its time, stood shoulder to shoulder with then contemporary art and sculpture. JANUARY 2016

John Sandon mini pot roadshow

Saturday 11th June 2022 from 3pm

John is a star contributor of long standing on the BBCs Antiques Roadshow. The son of Henry, a past contributor both on the BBC and here at the Long Room Gallery, John has particular expertise on early English and Continental ceramics, notably Worcester porcelain.

Attendees are invited to bring along pottery for identification and valuation, which can also include Winchcombe slipwares and stonewares as I (John Edgeler) will join in to add my own particular expertise.

By 4pm, we will serve tea with cake and / or biscuits. The event is free for those existing and new Friends of our Archive Trust attending, with a nominal contribution of £10 requested from others joining in on what should prove a very entertaining and instructive afternoon.

Those coming along to the event which will be held on the ground floor of Queen Anne House (see mini map below) are requested to arrive ideally by 2.50pm to allow time for the arrangement of seating. The best parking available is in Back Lane (£1 all day).


This photo of our Tanner room of rural art and crafts features on the home page of our new website :

This site has a comprehensive set of images from our various collections; images of events, talks and exhibitions held over the past seven years; as well as past publications and new short videos of our pottery collections and other information about our Charitable Trust. Two collection images feature below.

Cardew Winchcombe jug and basin set circa 1929

Cast lead well head garden planter in the broad manner of Ernest Gimson (1880-1920)

A Celebration of Practical Pottery opening day

Alun Graves the Senior Curator (Pottery and Glass) of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, giving his opening talk

This well attended opening also featured contributions from potters who worked with Ray Finch at his Winchcombe workshop in the 1970s -Toff Milway of Conderton Pottery – and Ed Turfrey in the 1990s (see image below). These helped to recreate the ethos and practices of those days and provided a greater appreciation of the technical knowledge and expertise behind the lovely pots on display.

The Curator of the exhibition, John Edgeler (Lead Trustee WACT) also took the opportunity to speak about the historic links in between West Country slipwares, the early work of Michael Cardew, and the post war output of Richard Batterham and others.

John Edgeler speaking of the combed decoration used on old country and 1930s Winchcombe pots

A Celebration of Practical Pottery opening hours

This major selling show opens at 2pm on Saturday 7th May. Those wishing to attend the opening must pre-book as space is now limited

Thereafter the following arrangements apply :

Monday 9th to Saturday 14th May : Daily 10am to 5pm


Thursday to Saturday inclusive : Daily 10am to 5pm until the end of June (last day 25th June)

Otherwise strictly by advance prior appointment (not Sundays)

Stonewares by Danlami Aliyu , Ray Finch and Michael Cardew ( TOP IMAGE all Ray Finch)

A Celebration of Practical Pottery (from Saturday 7th May 2022)

In the next week or so, we will be making available an online catalogue of the some 80 studio pots for sale from the Chestnut Gallery collection assembled in the 1980s and early 1990s

Please email us on the following address if you wish to receive a copy of this sales catalogue:

Full opening hours to follow. Please telephone 01242 602 319 for further information

Winchcombe Archive Collection Trust leaflet and Friends application form


We are about to launch our Friends organisation for our Archive Trust at a complimentary afternoon buffet to be held at the Long Room Gallery, High Street, Winchcombe on Sunday 5th December 2021 from 1pm

For those wishing to join but unable to make this event, please complete the attached Trust leaflet quoting your current email address on the form and post it back to us at our Winchcombe address :

For a full list of the benefits of becoming a Friend, please see the attached downloadable word document which includes in full what you need to do to subscribe :

With many thanks for your support


This talk tracing the history of the Harvest Jug tradition of North Devon and the various influences on the decorative motifs employed by potters will be held at 2.45 for 3pm on Saturday 18th September 2021 in the main gallery of Queen Anne House

The cost is £10 per head to include tea and refreshments and there are still a few places left but it is recommended that interested parties get in touch as soon as possible

For bookings please either: email ; or telephone 01242 602 319 // 07791 782 243

Selling Exhibition of Country and Studio Pottery opening 18th September 2021

This Long Room Gallery selling exhibition of Country and Studio slipwares and Stonewares opens at 10am on Saturday 18th September. A catalogue of the items for sale is available through clicking on this link:

For sale enquiries please either: EMAIL or TEL 01242 602 319 // 07791 782 243

Please see previous blog for location of Gallery in the town

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