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Hart’s Silversmiths – a living tradition

Exhibition at Bucks County Museum September – December 2018 “This exhibition celebrates the remarkable tradition of silversmithing that has been carried out by the Hart family at The Guild in Chipping Campden for over one hundred years. Their workshop is the sole survivor of C.R. Ashbee’s Arts and Craft Guild of Handicraft which relocated to Chipping Campden in 1902. Four generations of talented Hart silversmiths have worked and are still working in the same workshop using the same tools and techniques.… Read More »Hart’s Silversmiths – a living tradition

the hart silversmiths – a living tradition

Exhibition at Compton Verney Art Gallery  June – September 2015, in collaboration with the University of Warwick and Hart Silversmith Trust. “This exhibition explores the evolution of a unique living tradition in design and silversmithing which has its origins in the Arts and Crafts movement.Architect, designer and social reformer Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942) established The Guild of Handicraft in Whitechapel in 1888. Inspired by the anti-industrialism of John Ruskin and William Morris, Ashbee believed that good design and craftsmanship depended on good social… Read More »the hart silversmiths – a living tradition

silver start to the year for court barn museum

Cotswold Journal 2014 “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 2nd 2014. 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… Read More »silver start to the year for court barn museum

specialist profile: david hart

House and Garden magazine 1999 “Hart’s is still sited in George’s original studios, in The Old Silk Mill, off Sheep Street not far from the centre of Chipping Campden. Visiting their workshops you find very little has changed. Forty year-old invoices, designs and drawings hand from hooks in the low beamed ceilings. The same wooden workbenches, pitted by years of cuts and knocks, are crowded with wonderfully worn implements, their wooden handles stained and polished with use, and the sound… Read More »specialist profile: david hart

hart gold and silversmiths

Church and Heritage Building Journal, 1999 “The text books leave the Chipping Camden experiment at around the outbreak of the First World War, the ostensible end of the dream. So it is surprising to learn that Ashbee’s legacy is alive and well in his Cotswolds idyll. Ashbee et al were always designers rather than craftsman. The craftsmanship was left to artisans rather than the effete band of Arts and Crafts aesthetes. George Hart was one of the original silversmiths who moved… Read More »hart gold and silversmiths

silversmiths time capsule

Financial Times Weekend, 1994 “Ancient cracked plaster peels away from the walls on the bare oak staircase up to the first floor workshop. Inside bills dating from the early 1940’s hang from the low, beamed ceiling; antiquated tools and price lists from long defunct bullion dealers line the walls, and the only automation in sight is an archaic hand-worked silver rolling machine. The scene is Hart Silversmiths, in a quiet side street in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden. It… Read More »silversmiths time capsule