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An overview of the Archive Trust

THE  WINCHCOMBE  ARCHIVE  COLLECTION  TRUST

This Charitable Trust (registered number 1186295) was first established in this name in 2014, although formed part of the Long Room Gallery, an art and crafts venue dating from 2005. The Trust itself was formed as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in early 2019, when the Trustees applied for charitable status to secure the future of its major collection of artist made slipwares of the area dating from 1927-1939 – one of the largest such groupings in the UK. This status was given in November 2019.

The Trust is now run by five independent trustees with extensive experience in various areas of industry and the arts, complemented by an informal advisory committee which includes a big four accountancy professional still in practice. It currently has a 350 strong mailing list and is in the process of establishing a Friends of the Archive Collection organisation offering a range of benefits and opportunities for lovers of the aesthetic and craft made, in exchange for a modest annual subscription.

Shows held at Queen Anne House by the Trust are comprised of a changing selection from the Trust’s permanent collection of ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalware of the 1920s and 1930s, and a growing number of etchings and engravings and art of the period. It also benefits greatly from the kindness and generosity of private lenders, notably the family of Paul Whitfield, who built up a magnificent collection during a lifetime spent in art and applied arts. The Trust has also had important crafts and artefacts of the period donated of late by the family of Robin Tanner, a 1920s contemporary at Goldsmiths College of Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury.

A key tenet of the Archive Trust is to make readily accessible to the public, ceramics, textiles, art and craft in its collection with opportunities to view and handle the majority. This is in contrast to some Public museum collections, where holdings have lately been held in reserve rather than on active and accessible display. In reflection of this core principle, in normal times the Trust holds an annual series of talks by leading speakers in their fields, complemented by handling sessions of objects displayed in current exhibitions. We are also strong believers in providing loans of items in our trust to assist temporary exhibitions in fellow heritage institutions: forthcoming examples include agreed show loans to Court Barn, Chipping Campden and Ditchling Museum, Sussex.

Winchcombe Archive Collection Trust would warmly welcome the support of private collectors and collections to assist us in our prime aim of making the aesthetic accessible to a wider public, and informally educating both visitors and researchers with physical examples of the beautiful, rather than through an image on the printed page or the computer screen.

GUY WARNER Meet the artist

Saturday 19th December 2020

An opportunity to meet local artist Guy in conversation with John Edgeler over a convivial cup of coffee. Two sessions available at 11am and 12 midday. Minimum donation of £2.50 per head. Single household groups + bubble of up to a maximum of four individuals. Please ring 01242 602 319 or email johnedgeler@gmail.com to book

WINCHCOMBE VIDEO TEAS

Saturday 12th December 2020 initially at 3pm

One of our Trustees at the Archive Collection, Richard Chamberlaine Brothers, earlier this year generously donated the majority of his collection of Winchcombe Pottery to the Trust. To mark the occasion we have created a video of Richard in conversation with Lead Curator John Edgeler.

The video also provides something of the history behind the formation of our Cotswolds Living pottery book imprint, our early shows involving Sid Tustin and Ray Finch and the formation of the Trust. The video lasts 30 minutes and will be followed by tea and refreshments.

Single household groups + bubble of up to four viewers are permitted. Minimum donation £7.50 per head. Please ring 01242 602 319 or email johnedgeler@gmail.com to book

ROMANTIC LANDSCAPES OPENING 2ND DECEMBER

Our delayed show will open to the public initially from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Thereafter it will be open from 11am to 5pm daily until Saturday 19th December inclusive (not Sundays)

Visits are restricted to single household groups plus those in a related bubble up to a maximum of four people

Visitors will also be welcome strictly by prior appointment after the Christmas week holidays from 28th December 2020

To book appointments (advisable if travelling) please telephone 01242 602 319 or email me at johnedgeler@gmail.com

JOHN LAWRENCE

To download a catalogue of wood engravings for sale by John Lawrence, please click here :

MIRIAM MACGREGOR

To download a catalogue of wood engravings and pochoir paintings for sale by Miriam, please click on this link:

ANDREW HAZELDEN

To view lustre wares by Andrew for sale now including prices please just click on the link below

GUY WARNER

To view the landscape oils for sale by Guy please just click on the link below

JOHN LAWRENCE

John Lawrence, now in his eighties and mostly retired due to health issues, has had an illustrious career as an illustrator of children’s titles, in particular for Walkers Books. I first came into contact with him some years ago when curating a 60s show here at the Archive Collection.

I was already aware of his amazing work through acquiring titles decorated by him, notably Susan Hill’s The Magic Apple Tree. I then spotted that he had produced delightful watercolours for the Cranks Cook Books beloved of the ‘brown rice brigade’ of that time.

His work is particularly appropriate for this show as it shows the direct influence of rural romanticism, notably in his engravings for John Clare’s The Shepherds Calendar. These also show great wit and charm, imbued also with the style of the early 19th century illustrator, Thomas Bewick.

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