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‘Simply beautiful. Just Champion, Mr Champion’

By 5 March 2019January 26th, 2021No Comments
Craftsman Roger Champion with his furniture

Craftsmanship at its finest with a detailed and inspirational display of replica furniture from the ages. ‘Just Champion’: Replica furniture made for the Museum by Roger Champion since the 1970s.

The new exhibition is situated in the Michael Burton Gallery at the Weald & Downland Living Museum within the Longport Farmhouse and opened in February.

Roger Champion has been the museum’s carpenter since the early days of the museum’s opening and post his retirement, he still continues to support the museum whenever he can.

Having created some 247 pieces of beautiful furniture for the Weald & Downland Living Museum, that help to interpret the social history of the houses and buildings (many of which he also built), this is a fantastic chance to see selected items together and also find out a little more about the research behind then, put in a way that only Roger can.

This special exhibition brings together a selection of Roger’s craftsmanship into one space, provides background information on the pieces, as well as images of the work in progress.

Simon Wardell, Museum Director, is delighted to see Roger’s inspirational and hard work exhibited in the gallery, “the furniture Roger has created for the Museum has turned our collection of houses and buildings into authentic living spaces of the past.”

Many visitors have expressed their thoughts on the ‘Just Champion’ exhibition, ‘Such versatility and understanding of the processes and thinking of previous eras – inspiring and unique display.

“Thank you for such dedication to the craft” one inspired visitor wrote, and another quoting, “What an amazing collection of beautiful craftsmanship. You have really brought the museum buildings to life with these lovely items of furniture.”

Come along and see the works of the talented Mr Champion, a collection of replica furniture throughout the ages until 26 April 2019.

Roger will be in the Museum gallery to give 10 minute talks on the following days:

  • 20 March, 2pm
  • 4 April, 2pm
  • 22 April, 2pm

(Normal Museum entry rates apply.)