The Crafts Study Centre keeps archives of more than 50 makers and craft businesses and organisations, including the papers of potter Bernard Leach. 

Records of businesses or guilds involved in the sale and exhibiting of crafts include those of the Red Rose Guild in Manchester, (1920-1984 ), Muriel Rose's Little Gallery in London (1928-1939), New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives (1952-2008), Joan Crossley-Holland's Oxford Gallery (1968-2001) and Galerie Besson in London (1988-2011).

Personal papers, including letters, diaries, sketch books and photographs, support an understanding of the life and work of the crafts people associated with them. Particularly strong in ceramics, textiles and calligraphy, the archives relate to such makers as Bernard LeachWilliam Staite Murray, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Michael Cardew, Denise and Rosemary Wren, Lucie Rie, Henry Hammond, Janet Leach in ceramics, Barron and Larcher, Ethel Mairet and Rita Beales in textiles, Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington in calligraphy, Romney Green and Alan Peters in furniture, and business records of the Oxshott Pottery and the Leach Pottery. 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 of the Crafts Study Centre and his role within the history of the modern crafts movement.

Click here to view catalogues of Bernard Leach's papers and books

Click here to view the Galerie Besson website

Collection-level descriptions of many of our archives may be found on the Archives Hub.