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  • By kind permission of John and Sarah Biddulph

    Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th September 2018 Open daily 10am – 5pm, with £8 entry fee (children free)

    Rodmarton Manor and Gardens, nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6PF

    Crafts Alive: The Gloucestershire Guild at

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    Car Park Field

    Entrance into Field

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    Way In

    Garden Entrance









  • Main Entrance - Ticket and Information Desk

    Main House - Crafts Alive Exhibition

    Main House Upstairs - Rodmarton Re-Imagined

    Sculpture in the Garden

    Big Top - Workshops

    Jousting Tent - Demonstrations

    Plant Stall

    Chapel - Talks and Films

    Wood Shed - Puppet Shows

    Summer House - Puzzle Trail End

    Barn - Artisan Café


    Meeting point for house tours













    Rodmarton Manor and Gardens

  • Rodmarton Manor, situated between Cirencester and Tetbury, is the outstanding venue for the Crafts Alive festival from. This important Arts and Crafts house was designed in 1909 by Ernest Barnsley for Claud and Margaret Biddulph. As well as providing a country home the project was seen as a way of supporting traditional crafts and providing employment and training for local people. It was built more or less by hand using local stone and oak felled on the estate - you can still see the two-handled pit saw used to prepare the massive tree trunks. Large estate workshops were set up employing men and apprentices from the surrounding villages. Rodmarton’s gardens were designed in the Arts and Crafts style as a series of outdoor rooms so that the formal layout near the house gave way to more natural planting. The contribution of both the foreman Alfred Wright and head gardener William Scrubey was acknowledged with a dedication over the side entrance to the garden. Important designer-makers such as Sidney Barnsley, Peter Waals and Alfred and Louise Powell contributed to the furnishing of the house. Local people were also involved - classes in different crafts such as woodwork and basket-making were held regularly. Outstanding work was produced by the Rodmarton Women’s Guild whose appliqué hangings designed by Hilda Sexton were exhibited in London and still astound visitors. Some of the original craftsmen at Rodmarton were founder members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen in 1933 so it is entirely appropriate that the Guild should be using the house and gardens as the setting for Crafts Alive. We have been welcomed and supported by John and Sarah Biddulph, the fourth generation of the family to live at Rodmarton, and all of us hope that you will enjoy taking part in this celebration of Cotswold traditions and craftsmanship. Mary Greensted

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    Textiles Alison Dupernex Bella Peralta Cate Fox Francesca Chalk Helen Foot Jan Knibbs Jenny Bicât Liz Harding Liz Lippiatt Louise Pocock Louise Watson Sarah Beadsmoore Rhian Wyman

    Basketry Susan Early

    Book Binding Ursula Jeakins

    Calligraphy Andy Moore

    Glass Annie Rie Bill Robson Loco Glass

    Ceramics Colin Gerard Emily-Kriste Wilcox

    Jewellery Fionna Hesketh Harriet St Leger Sally Davis Sarah Pulvertaft Tim Blades Uschi Arens Price

    Furniture David Ian Smith Graham Ikin Kristian Pettifor


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    Charlotte Abrahams ‘Rodmarton Re-Imagined’ Charlotte Abrahams, renowned design writer and curator, will furnish the bedrooms with work by contemporary designer-makers responding to the spirit of Rodmarton. Look out for Sue Paraskeva, Moira Buckley, Liz Valenti, Natasha Kerr, Zoe Hillyard, Nicki Jarvis, Hannah Louise Lamb, Charlotte Hodes, Rosalynd Wyatt, Cleo Mussi, and Sandra Sashou. Open daily.

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    Sue Paraskeva

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    Sculpture In The Garden Mike Bigland, Guild member and experienced curator presents Rodmarton Sculpture In The Garden in the beautiful Arts & Crafts gardens. Lucy Abel Smith of Fresh Air Quenington will be the selection consultant. Open daily.

    Exhibitors Nigel Williams

    Susan Early

    Mike Bigland

    Lucy Birtles

    Colin Hawkins

    Louise Hawkins

    Matt Tradgett

    Marie Shepherd

    Richard Cresswell

    Caroline Barnett

    Lucy Birtles

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    Craft Demonstrations from Guild Members Daily

    Arts & Crafts Community Hangings A contemporary design for textile hangings inspired by appliqué techniques used in those created by Hilda Sexton’s community project of the 1920’s. The modern interpretation will be displayed in the Arts & Crafts Tent for the duration of Crafts Alive before installation in its permanent home.

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    Craft Workshops 10am – 4pm, £70 per person including materials. Booking essential. Wednesday 5th Susan Early Make an English willow fruit basket. Thursday 6th Sally Davis Make an enamelled brooch in a day. Friday 7th Helen Foot Exploring weft, an introduction to weaving.

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    Julie Dolphin Arts & Crafts Plants Julie who runs The Nursery at Miserden and was formerly a journalist and researcher for BBC Gardeners’ World, will display and sell her selected plants & topiary. On Friday 7th Julie will demonstrate planting methods for a late summer pot that will last through the winter, linking in with Rodmarton Gardens. Julie will be present on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    The Spirit Of Rodmarton Physical Theatre Performances Following their successful performance - “Landscape” - Students of Physical Theatre at the University of Gloucestershire will be performing a sound and movement piece inspired by Rodmarton and directed by Gillian Yates. Costumes will be designed by Guild members Helen Foot, Sarah Tradgett, Kathryn Clarke, Jenny Bicat and Liz Lippiatt. Performances on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th, 1.15pm and 3.15pm.

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    Historic Arts And Crafts Film Showings at specified times in the Chapel. Guild makers’ films will also be shown on a loop.

    Talks in the Chapel £10 per person. Booking essential. Wednesday 5th at 2.15pm Rory Young ‘Not above borrowing from tradition: keeping the crafts alive’. Rory Young is a sculptor and historic buildings conservationist.

    Thursday 6th at 2.15pm

    Mary Greensted ‘Rodmarton Manor: the Story of an Arts & Crafts House’. Mary Greensted is an eminent Arts and Crafts curator and writer, with a particular expertise in Rodmarton Manor.

    Friday 7th at 2.15pm

    Jessica Douglas-Home ‘William Simmonds, Puppet Master’ Jessica Douglas-Home is a painter and writer.

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    Childrens Workshops At The Weekend A free drop-in Festival Crown making workshop will run across Saturday and Sunday.

    Ben, from Award winning ‘Ben’s Kitchen’, will run a children’s bread making workshop on Sunday 9th linking with the lovely story of guests at Rodmarton. Participants will leave with a loaf of their own special bread made on the day, with unique printed bags recreated from an original design.

    Sunday Session 1: 11.15am

    Sunday Session 2: 2.15pm

    £5 per child. Booking essential.

  • Arts And Crafts Puzzle Trail for adults & children to discover the history & stories of the house & garden, created by Bill Jones, poet, writer and illustrator. Bill will be present on Saturday and Sunday.

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    Puppet Shows Isabel Lyster, local puppeteer will perform with her own created puppets and story “The Skeleton Woman” over the weekend. Free. Booking is essential.


    House, Garden and Summer House

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  • House Tours Tour the house with one of the Rodmarton guides to gain an insight into the story of Rodmarton, as well as Margaret Biddulph’s vision that drove the creation of this unique Arts and Crafts House. 11.15am Daily. Free. Booking is essential.

    Artisan Café run by a local chef Erin Baker, of the

    Natural Cookery School.

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    House, Garden and Summer House

  • Daily 10am - 5pm Crafts Alive The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Summer Exhibition (Main House)

    Daily 10am - 5pm Demonstrations by Guild members (Jousting Tent)

    Daily 10am - 5pm Charlotte Abrahams ‘Rodmarton Re-Imagined’ (Main House Upstairs)

    Daily 10am - 5pm Sculpture in the Garden (Garden)

    Daily 10am - 5pm Arts and Crafts Puzzle Trail (House, Gardens and Summer House)

    Daily 10am - 5pm Arts and Crafts Community Hanging (Big Top)

    Daily 10am - 5pm Artisan Café (Barn)

    Daily 11.15am Guided tour of Rodmarton Manor.

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