When James Grove & Sons Ltd closed in 2012 after 155 years of trading, the UK not only lost its last horn button-maker, but its entire heritage was at risk of being lost also. Courtney & Co managed to acquire much of this material and has since opened the James Grove Heritage Centre as a reference and learning resource for designers, tailors and fashion students.
Located at Courtney & Co’s premises in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, the centre comprises various interpretation boards, videos, photos, sample books, historical records, historic dies, books, old marketing material and memorabilia, not to mention a section showing the materials used in button-making, and how buttons are made.
The Heritage Centre was opened by UKFT’s President Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in 2019.
Visiting the James Grove Heritage Centre
The James Grove Heritage Centre is a reference and learning resource for designers, tailors and fashion students.
The centre is open by appointment only.
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Who are Courtney & Co?
Courtney & Co is reviving button-making in the UK using traditional techniques & new technology, natural & environmentally-friendly materials and heritage patterns in a way that is ecological, ethical and fully sustainable.