At Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Arts and Crafts Museum

Arts and Crafts Archive

The Wilson holds a large body of archive material relating to the Arts and Crafts Movement.  We possess two major archives, the Emery Walker Library and the Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley archive, as well as photographs, drawings, designs, textile samples and private press books from a wide range of designers associated with the Movement, and particularly the Cotswolds area.

Main collections:

Emery Walker Library: An Arts and Crafts library built up by the printer Emery Walker with associated archive material relating to Walker and his family, William Morris and his circle, Philip Webb, the Hammersmith Socialist League, the Kelmscott and Doves Presses and other private presses.

Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley archive: Designs and drawings of furniture, architecture and metalwork by Gimson and Barnsley, a collection of Gimson’s letters, sketchbooks and personal photograph collection, and photographs from the Barnsley family showing views of the houses and workshops of the Cotswold group.

Gordon Russell: 3 albums of photographs of Russell & Sons and Gordon Russell Ltd. furniture taken by Dennis Moss of Cirencester, catalogues and collection of printed ephemera relating to Gordon Russell Ltd.

Norman Jewson: architectural photographs, plasterwork moulds, metalwork drawings, sketchbook and commonplace books.

Paul Woodroffe: 6 volumes of designs for stained glass.

Phyllis Barron & Dorothy Larcher: 44 samples of hand-printed textiles from the 1920s and 1930s.

Max Burrough Collections: The working library of B G Burrough, who combined craft skills as a teacher and restorer with knowledge of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.  Books, articles, photographs, and catalogues form the basis of the collection with history files on individual designer/makers.

We also hold archive material relating to: Harry Davoll, Edward Barnsley, Alfred and Louise Powell, William Simmonds, C R Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft, Alec Miller, F L Griggs, A Romney Green and Eric Sharpe, Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and exhibitions of Cotswold Craftsmanship 1920s – 1950s.

You can find information on the Emery Walker Library on this website, and also on our collections database. A cd of the Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley designs for architecture, furniture and metalwork is available from the The Wilson.  Our catalogue Originality and Initiative: The Arts and Crafts archives at Cheltenham (Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, 2003) is also available. Please contact us for further details on 01242 237431 or

Please email us or phone on 01242 237431 if you have an enquiry about our archive collections or would like to make a research visit. Appropriate permission must be sought for the publication or reproduction in any form of this archive material. Please go to Buying our Images for further information.

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