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October 2016 Newsletter

A Broom Maker

'One image to capture the story'

Halloween is always a busy time for Arthur Hassenden

Sussex Creations by Philip Traill, a photographer

A Broom Maker - October 2016

"The photographic series came out of the desire to produce one image to tell the whole story of characters in their work environment. Capturing on camera the complete creation process showing their unique crafts and skills. From commercial products to art work, from concept to completion - end to end."

As a photographer taking pictures for the Sussex and Surrey Creations Projects, I have been amazing by the different people I have met in their work environment. Arthur Hassenden, a broom maker, creates unique authentic work in his studio. He helped me to move his tools and broom’s to capture the picture, while groups from different schools came to ask how he made the brooms. 


I put lights in the windows to give a warm feeling at the back of his workshop and lights in the front to reduce the impact of the natural light, as Arthur continued to enjoy working in his studio.

My broom is used every day brushing the yard - Thank you Arthur !

Happy Halloween !

Article written by Jenny Mark-bell, Editor of Sussex Life Magazine.

Sussex Life - October 2016



Halloween is always a busy time for Arthur Hassenden’s broom-making craft shop

A CERTAIN boy wizard gave Arthur Hassenden’s broom-making workshop at Amberley Museum an unexpected boost. “We were at Kew Gardens at Wakehurst for a three-day show when the first Harry Potter film came out,” remembers the 86-year-old, who was a founder member of the museum when it first opened in 1990. “It went mad - we had never had a weekend like it. After the first day I went back to the museum and grabbed everything that looked like a broom. By 4pm on the last day we had run out of material - we didn't have a lot to bring back.”

Now Arthur is at the museum every Wednesday giving demonstrations of the self- taught skills he picked up visiting Witley’s Linton Walking Stick Factory as a teenager.

“My family made chestnut paling fencing so I have always worked with wood.” he says.

The broom handles are made of three-year-old sweet chestnut offcuts from the NHS walking stick trade. The bristles for the outdoor brooms are made from silver birch trees cut at the National Trust estate in Slindon, while the more delicate brooms for inside use are made with heather.

Amberley Museum is celebrating Halloween on Saturday 29 October from 10am to 5pm. Entry costs £11.50/£6.60 children. The ghost train runs from 6pm to 9pm with pre-booked tickets at £5.


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