Craftsman Ewan Clayton calligrapher

Craftsmanship and Community (Ticketed)

Wednesday 24 May 2017
Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.

The talk

Ewan Clayton, a calligrapher, grew up in the craft Guild on Ditchling Common where two generations of his family worked as silk weavers, Ewan himself was a member of the community. As we approach the community’s centenary in two years time Ewan has begun to reflect on the Guild’s way of life, the people who lived there, the things they made and how their ideals speak to current issues within craft and the wider world.

The speaker

Ewan Clayton is a calligrapher and author of The Golden Thread, an acclaimed history of writing. He is part-time Professor in Design at the University of Sunderland and runs his own calligraphy business from his studio in Brighton. In 2014 he was awarded an MBE for his work with calligraphy and the heritage crafts and was named Craft Champion for his work in educating others in the crafts in the first National Crafts Skills Awards in 2013.

Participant information

Upon arrival please come to the main museum entrance, where you will be directed to the talk location.

Book signings will take place at the end of the talk

Talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1-1½ hours. There will be tea, coffee & cake available between 6.00pm-6.30pm. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


£14 per person, £10 for Museum Members, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.

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