Makers diaries, letters, photographs and working notes
Our archives consist of some 30,000 items, about half of which relate to potter Bernard Leach. Personal papers in the archive support an understanding of the life and work of the crafts people associated with them, and include such items as letters, diaries, sketch books and photographs. We also have company records of businesses or guilds involved in the sale and exhibiting of crafts such as Muriel Rose's Little Gallery in London (1928-1939), the Red Rose Guild in Manchester, (1920-1962 ), the Oxford Gallery (1968-2001) and New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives.
Particularly strong in ceramics, textiles and calligraphy, the archives relate to such makers as William Staite Murray, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Denise and Rosemary Wren, Lucie Rie, Henry Hammond, Janet Leach in ceramics, Barron and Larcher, Ethel Mairet and Rita Beales in textiles and Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington in calligraphy. The papers of Robin and Heather Tanner although not relating to media within our collecting policy provide a unique insight into the life and work of a founder member of the Crafts Study Centre and his role within the history of the modern crafts movement.
Collection-level descriptions of many of our archives may be found on the Archives Hub