Smallhythe Place Research Visit

We’ve been working hard on a new exhibition on the life and work of Edward Gordon Craig. Stevenage Museum’s research team, made up of staff and volunteers, visited Smallhythe Place in Kent on the 10th August 2016.

The property, now owned the National Trust, was the home of Ellen Terry (Craig’s mother) from 1899 until her death in 1928. The following year, her daughter, Edith Craig, transformed the house into a museum which now displays a fascinating personal and theatrical collection that reflects Ellen’s extraordinary career and unconventional private life.

Susannah Mayor, house steward, gave a guided tour of the beautiful 16th century property before inviting the team behind the scenes to view their extensive collection of artwork, books, letters, photographs and costumes related to this fascinating family.

Items in their collection pertaining to Edward Gordon Craig can be viewed here and the broader collection at Smallhythe is accessible here.

A database of the correspondence of Ellen Terry and Edith Craig, prepared by Professor Katharine Cockin can be found here.