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Court Barn Museum

A prestigious arts & crafts museum, located in a Grade II listed barn is refreshed

IIn 2017 Design Storey were approached by the Guild of Handicraft Trust, to explore designs for a 10 year refresh of the prestigious Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden. The museum, which celebrates the story of the arts & crafts movement in the Cotswolds region, was described as ‘…surely the most delightful small museum in England’ by Clive Aslet in Country Life. Our proposals for the ‘refresh’ seek to significantly improve the visitor experience by developing Court Barn’s interpretation and displays to meet the needs of current and future audiences.

The main exhibition area and shop have been enhanced, significant recent acquisitions are now able to be displayed for the first time and local makers have a greater presence. A new 360 degree glazed cabinet, featuring a selection of objects, replaced one of the older cases. In addition, workshops and demonstrations by local designer/makers explore the fascinating process of making.

The museum re-opened in 2020 after a short construction phase and has been well-received. Due to the success of this project, we have since been appointed to explore a potential addition to museum.

“ Design Storey helped us pre-Covid in 2019 on a reconfiguration of the Museum where we have limited space and wanted to improve some aspects of the presentation of our collections and retail area. The “Refresh” project has been a great success and Design Storey were excellent, listening to our ideas, interpreting them and coming up with viable alternatives. They are now engaged on a possible extension to the Grade 2 building, and preliminary discussions with the various Authorities have been conducted by Design Storey to our satisfaction. I would recommend them to anyone for this sort of work requiring good knowledge of Historic England and English Heritage coupled with sensitive design input.”

Peter Taylor FRICS Chairman Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden.