The Crafts Study Centre was founded to develop users' and visitors' understanding of the lives and work of artist-craftspeople and to encourage fine craftsmanship. The intention is to make available a wide variety of material for use by craft makers, critics, historians, researchers, students and enthusiasts who wish to study the roots of contemporary craftwork. The concept of the Centre was originated by the trustees, an enlightened group of craftspeople and educationists who, in the 1960s, felt that the best work of the twentieth century should be preserved with its contextual material. They felt that a dedicated centre was necessary to prevent such material from being lost or dispersed and, accordingly, established a trust. Located within the Holburne Museum, Bath, the Crafts Study Centre first opened to the public in 1977. It also began operating an exhibition and events programme at that date.