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For Love Not Money - European Peasant Arts

European Peasant Arts and Crafts

Between 1896 and 1933, Haslemere had a thriving community of artists who were determined to revive lost country crafts in England. The Haslemere Peasant Arts Society rejected the industrial economy, with its mass production of goods, and set up craft workshops and weaving houses in the town. The Society collected original examples of European peasant arts and crafts to provide inspiration for the workers.

The Peasant Arts Cause

To 'restore true country life, its faith and its craft'

The Cause

Haslemere Peasant Arts Industries

Textiles were regarded as the most significant of the Haslemere industries.

Haslemere Peasant Arts Industries

The Peasant Arts Museum

The Peasant Arts Museum founded Haslemere 1910

The Exhibited Collection

The Collection

The Peasant Arts and Crafts Collection at Haslemere Museum

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The Protagonists

The three main figures of the Peasant Arts Movement in Haslemere were Joseph King, a prominent educationalist and social reformer; Godfrey Blount, a leading member of the Arts and Craft Movement, and Reverend Gerald Stanley Davies, a master at Charterhouse School in Godalming. The contribution made by Maude King and Ethel Blount, the wives of Joseph and Godfrey, should also not be overlooked.

Rev. Gerald Stanley Davies

A man of many and varied interests, of discriminating tastes, and a wide knowledge of art, natural science and archaeology.

See Gerald Davies Profile

Mr Joseph King

Well known for his work in connection with education and the revival of handicrafts and peasant arts …there are few men who have had a busier or more interesting and varied life than Mr King.

See Joseph King Profile

Mr Godfrey Blount

A poet, prophet, artist, craftsman; designer in plaster, hand-weaving, woodwork, appliqué, and originator of linoleum blocks; founder of a Country Church, a Peasant Art Society, and a Super-Natural Society.

See Godfrey Blount Profile

Mrs Ethel Blount and Maude King

…inspiring influence behind all that was done in the Haslemere workshops.

See Ethel Blount and Maude King Profile

The European Peasant Arts Collection

The majority of the objects were collected by Reverend Davies during his travels across Europe during the late nineteenth century. They represent just a small proportion of the collection donated to Haslemere Educational Museum in 1926. The artefacts are mainly everyday items, for example food containers, furniture and domestic implements, which have been made beautiful by exquisite carving and paintwork. Today, they also provide an insight in to the rituals and patterns of life of the people who produced them.

"…for an article to be reckoned as a product of Peasant Art it must have been made not to sell to another, but to keep, or at most to give."
The Peasant Arts Museum at Haslemere by Rev. G.S. Davies

Norwegian wooden artefacts from the Rev. Gerald Davies collection

The Peasant Arts Museum exhibiting everyday household artefacts