At Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Arts and Crafts Museum

The Midlands and the Lake District

This trail heads to Birmingham, Leicester and Wolverhampton, and then on to the Lake District.

The Birmingham Group, a loose association of teachers at the Birmingham Art School in the 1890s, created Arts and Crafts mural decorations, book illustrations, embroideries and enamellings. They received many local commissions including the outstanding chapel at Madresfield Court. Some of their work as well as that of other Arts & Crafts designers and artists are featured in this tour.

Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

At Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery the collection includes Arts and Crafts objects by members of the Birmingham Group as well as Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

Contact Details
Chamberlain Square
B3 3DH
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Tel: 0121 303 2834

78, Derngate

To the southeast in Northampton is 78 Derngate, opened to the public for the first time in 2003, after eighteen months of careful restoration.

The house, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been returned to its 1917 appearance. The adjoining property, number 80, has been transformed from a small Georgian terrace into a modern gallery. It houses an exhibition about the 1917 design of number 78 and about Bassett-Lowke (the original owner) and his business.

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c/o 82 Derngate
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Tel: 01604 603407

Belgrave Hall

To the north-east on the outskirts of Leicester, Belgrave Hall features a fine selection of Arts and Crafts furniture by Ernest Gimson.

The Hall, a delightful three-storey Queen Anne house, is surrounded by 2 acres of beautiful walled period and botanic gardens, reflecting the changing tastes in garden design, over a 200 year period from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

The house is now one of six museums run by Leicester City Council.

Contact Details
Church Road
off Thurcaston Road, Belgrave
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Tel: 0116 266 6590

Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Manor on the outskirts of Wolverhampton was built and furnished in the Arts and Crafts style using original William Morris fabrics and wall coverings, and is probably the most complete example of a property of this type. Fine paintings and furniture, Kempe glass and De Morgan ware are on display. Wightwick Manor was built by the Manders family, on the back of their successful paint manufacturing business; a business which continues today. The contents are a reflection of the family`s tastes and create a very comfortable and homely feel.

Attractive gardens of around 7 acres surround the Manor, which, when it was built, was in open countryside. The growth of Wolverhampton has now completely surrounded the Manor, but you hardly notice it.

Contact Details
Whitwick Bank
West Midlands
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Tel: 01902 761108


The trail now visits Blackwell, a superb example of Arts and Crafts movement architecture. Blackwell was built between 1897-1900 by M.H. Baillie Scott, leading architect in the Arts and Crafts Movement, for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewer and his family.

It occupies a stunning position overlooking Lake Windermere and has recently been restored and opened to the public as a gallery for craft and applied arts.

Blackwell is a quintessential house of the Arts and Crafts Movement and an excellent example of innovative house design. On view are the original fittings as well as furniture chosen to complement rather than recreate the original interior house including Arthur Simpson furniture and objects from the Keswick School of Industrial Art as well as studio pottery by makers such as Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie.

Paintings and sculpture from Abbot Hall`s collections are also displayed at Blackwell to create a truly `Artistic House` within the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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LA23 3JR
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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

The Lakeland Trust, which saved Abbot Hall and turned it into a magnificent art gallery, is also the owner of Blackwell.

There is a fine collection of paintings at Abbot Hall but most of the Arts and Crafts collection is displayed at Blackwell. There are temporary exhibitions at both Abbot Hall and Blackwell.

Contact Details
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
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Emery Walker AD 1