Coming soon - our new gallery and De Morgan exhibition

Night and Sleep be Evelyn De morgan

We've begun work converting our old Malthouse into an exciting new art gallery. The gallery will open in May 2017 with the launch of our partnership with the De Morgan Foundation

Builders on site

From December to March we've got the builders in. They will be working to convert the upper floor of the Old Malthouse between the Manor and the shop into a new gallery. This conversion will include insulating the whole space, installing conservation underfloor heating, a top of the range gallery lighting system and a lift as well as carrying some much needed repairs at the same time.

Whilst the work is being carried out the area will be fenced off, and won't look at its best, we're sorry for any disruption. The second hand bookshop has been temporarily relocated between the tea-room and toilets.

Sailing galleons were a favourite subject for William De Morgan
Detail of a red lustre ship plate by William De Morgan

Our first exhibition

We are working in partnership with the De Morgan Foundation to bring a new exhibition from their collection or art and ceramics. William and Evelyn De Morgan were one of the most energetic and creative couples of the late 19th and early 20th century. He worked with William Morris, supplying Morris & Co with iconic red lustre tiles and decorative ceramics. She studied art at the Slade School and developed a vivid technique in the later Pre-Raphaelite style.

Our new exhibition will explore what motivated them as artists, look at their creative process and showcase how they reacted to the socio-political changes of the era as they strived for a better, more beautiful world.