In the late 1800s The Home Arts and Industries Association was formed to promote the teaching of handicrafts in keeping with the thinking of John Ruskin, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Inspired by the association, the principal landowner from Newton established classes to teach local men and boys metalwork during the winter evenings of 1890. From these humble beginnings the Newton School of Metal Work was established and metal work in the Arts and Crafts style was produced right up until the mid 1940’s by dozens of local craftspeople. The School’s output was sold around the world and even the royal family commissioned work. Today the School is still remembered by the inhabitants of the Cambridgeshire village, but the details of its history are gradually being forgotten.
Join Arts and Crafts dealer, Dave Marshall, for this fascinating talk on the formation of the School, its growth and success, key designers and craftspeople and its important legacy. Dave’s research is based on a rich archive of information, photographs and original designs kept safe by Bob Pluck, a nephew of the School’s tutor, Albert Prime. Bob’s first hand memories of the characters from the School bring the story alive.
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