Like the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen has a history going back to the first half of the twentieth century. It’s the oldest craft guild in the country, founded in 1933, and has always had a close link with Cheltenham. One of the Guild’s main architects, the curator Daniel Herdman, was responsible for establishing the Arts and Crafts collection of world importance that you can see today at Cheltenham’s Wilson Museum.
Now a co-operative of over 60 practising makers, the Gloucestershire Guild is dedicated to promoting contemporary designer crafts of a very high standard, both functional and decorative. It includes many disciplines, such as furniture, metalwork, textiles, basket-making, ceramics, and jewellery, and has a permanent gallery and retail outlet in Clarence Street, The Guild at 51.
As part of The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Guild will be hosting a selling fair of exceptional craftwork across all media by over 25 of its members