The Emett Hut.
The Emett Hut Museum features a permanent exhibition of prints and memorabilia celebrating the ‘Ditchling Tinkerer’s’ career from his early days as a cartoonist at Punch, to his trains which proved a highlight of the Festival of Britain and the fantastical later machines which toured the world and enlivened many civic centres at home. Perhaps best known for his whacky inventions in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Emett was once a household name and recent years have seen an exciting resurgence of interest in his work. Ditchling was Emett’s home for more than forty years and he was a familiar figure here, remembered by all with affection and respect. A trip to the Emett Hut Museum gives a taste of his irrepressible and particularly English brand of eccentric humour. Everyone who goes in comes out smiling!
We run an annual series of talks on a wide variety of subjects relating to local and social history. These friendly and informal events feature an exciting line-up of speakers and all are welcome to attend. The talks take place on the last Friday of each month from April-September inclusive, beginning at 10.30 a.m. Coffee and delicious home-made cake are included in the ticket price and there is time for relaxed discussion afterwards (in the garden if weather permits) and a chance to see the unique exhibition which accompanies each event.
Click here to view or download our programme of talks for 2017.
The open-air exhibitions in the Shaker Smallholding feature aspects of rural life in the past, focussing on the extraordinary story of the American Shakers, who were pioneers of sustainable living, with ideas centuries ahead of their time.
These take place at the Visitor Centre. There is an annual exhibition of paintings by Rosemary Pavey, who has worked as designer and artist in residence at Stoneywish for more than 20 years, taking her inspiration from the landscapes and wildlife on her doorstep. To view Rosemary’s work or find out more about her books and exhibitions, please visit: www.paveypenandpaint.com or call at her studio in the village (Unit 13, Turner-Dumbrell Workshops, Dumbrells Court Road, Ditchling). Temporary exhibitions of items from the Stoneywish Archive can be seen at the Visitor Centre, whenever the Function Room is free.
Calling all collectors! Are you interested in local history? Ephemera, books, postcards and other items are for sale in the Ticket Office. Here you can browse for bargains or learn more about Ditchling and the interesting characters who have been drawn to the village over the years. Artists, craftsmen and writers, such as Sir Frank Brangwyn, Rowland Emett, Charles Knight, Edward Johnston, and the once celebrated Gaiety Girl-cum-politician, Mabel Russell are just a few of those who settled here, not to mention the Guild of Craftsmen who set up their workshops on Ditchling Common approximately a hundred years ago.