Silver start to the year for Court Barn Museum

Silver bookends

Silver bookends

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IT has been a silver year so far for Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden which has put additional pieces of silver on display in the Harts exhibition - and recently won a prestigious award.

The museum was awarded Silver at the Cotswold Tourism Awards in the small visitor attraction category in the New Year and is currently enjoying an exhibition of one of Campden's most celebrated silversmiths which runs until Sunday, March 2.

GofH: a century of fine silver in Campden celebrates the on-going craft traditions of The Guild of Handicraft and in particular the Hart Silversmiths Trust Project to conserve, catalogue and digitise the important collection of more than 3,000 drawings produced by Hart’s workshop over the last century.

The vast majority of these drawings and designs were created by George Hart but it also includes some drawings by C.R. Ashbee with many of these on display for the first time.

Additional pieces have now been added including a silver weavers shuttle, made by Rex Hart, grandson of Guildsman George Hart, which was commission by Geoffrey Le Mare, Upper Bailiff 1975-76 and presented to the Worshipful Company of Weavers.

There is also a pair of bookends in silver on display which represent the façade of Woolstapler’s Hall, Campden’s oldest house built in 1340.

Curator Sarah McCormick Healy said: “I love the way the Harts can make traditional pieces like the silver claret jugs, and spoons but they can also turn their hand to the more ‘quirky’ designs.

"The pair of bookends show so much detail it is incredible. Visitors can see these on display and then walk round the corner to see the actual house”

- An activity day is taking place on Saturday at 11.30am which includes a talk about the Process of Making Handmade silverware by Julian Hart, demonstrations throughout the day on how the drawings are being cleaned and silversmithing techniques today by the Harts Workshop.

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