The Newton School of Metalwork began at the peak of the Arts & Crafts Movement as one of numerous classes under the umbrella of the Home Arts and Industries Association (H.A.I.A) but it was one of only a small number of these to become both a thriving metal working school and successful village industry that operated for over half a century. In early 2020, Arts and Crafts dealer, Dave Marshall, made a chance discovery of a piece by the School. Research into this forgotten School led Dave to meet Bob Pluck, a relative of a former tutor at the School. Bob thankfully retained an important archive of designs and photographs and was careful custodian of the memory of the School. This exhibition explores the foundations of this local School, the designers who contributed their expertise and the workers who skilfully executed their designs.
On display in our Visitor Centre are 47 pieces of Newton metalwork from the private collections of Dave Marshall, The Pluck Family, and John Mooney. This is a unique opportunity to see this stunning collection which is a testament to both the founders and to the many workers who created them.
As a complimentary resource to our physical exhibition we have created an exhibition website where you also explore the objects and discover the rich archive of design history and workers behind them and learn more about the history of the School.
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 3oth July, 10am – 5pm
(open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
Entry is ticketed and timed to co-ordinate with our house tours which will operate as normal throughout the exhibition.
Entry is free but please donate if you are able.
Book your visit at either 10am, 12pm, 2pm or 4pm
To get the best visitor experience of the exhibition, please bring your phone (if you have one) to access the digital exhibition resources while you visit.