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Opening on Friday 17th September 2021 at 10am to 5pm this show coincides with the launch of our new book (see below and previous blog) tracing the history of the harvest jug form and the decorative influences that inspired its decoration

(full opening details at bottom of blog)

The exhibition will comprise of pottery, print and painted art, artefacts and photography, and will include a sale of period and contemporary studio pottery on harvest and rural themes


17th to 19th September 2021 from 10am to 5pm THEN

Thursday to Saturday inclusive (10am to 5pm) UNTIL Saturday 30th October

Or by prior appointment at other times (not Sundays)

Contact details

Telephone : 01242 602 319 / 07791 782 243

Email :

A HARVEST OF JUGS (new book)

This new 60 page title tracing the history of Harvest Jugs and their influence on 20th century studio pottery jug design will go on sale at the Winchcombe Archive Collection and Long Room Gallery on Saturday 18th September 2021

Produced in full colour 21 x 21 cm art format it contains over 150 illustrations and is the first ever published specialised study on the Harvest Jug tradition of North Devon and the West Country

Limited edition of 100 copies

Price £25 plus p&p

Please email or telephone 01242 602 319 to order a copy (postage & packing £3 UK only)


The Winchcombe Archive Collection and Long Room Gallery is in Queen Anne House (see map above) on the high street of Winchcombe close to local shops and is open during bi-annual shows and by prior appointment at other times

For further information please ring 01242 602 319 or email

An overview of the Archive 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 to book


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 to book


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


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


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

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