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Barron and Larcher

Between 1965-7 the Tanners mounted three memorial exhibitions in annual succession: the first in Painswick, the second in Bristol at the Royal West of England Academy and the third at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (No 1). Consequently many people urged that a permanent home should be found for this wonderful collection of work and this encouraged a group of craftspeople, educationists and collectors to form the Crafts Study Centre Charitable Trust in 1970.

Robin Tanner and Muriel Rose were amongst the founding trustees, while Heather Tanner together with Dietrich Hanff and Susan Bosence were on the initial advisory body. Their intention was not simply to find somewhere where Barron and Larcher's work could be shown, but to form a collection and archive of work by leading British artist-craftspeople of the twentieth century in printed and woven textiles, ceramics, calligraphy, lettering and wood. Thanks to a partnership with the Trustees of the Holburne Museum of Art and the University of Bath, the Crafts Study Centre first opened to the public within the museum in 1977. Subsequently the Crafts Study Centre moved to the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College, Farnham in 2000.

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