Gordon Russell Design Museum

life and work

Gordon Russell was a design pioneer – a furniture designer, maker, calligrapher, entrepreneur, educator, and champion of accessible, well crafted design. Schooled in the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds he believed that good design has a lasting impact on people’s lives.

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The museum

Located in the original workshop, the Museum celebrates the life and work of Gordon Russell and his Company over a period of sixty years in Broadway, Worcestershire. Its unique collection of furniture embraces a range of styles spanning this rich per ...read more

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Museum Shop

The Museum shop features a wonderful collection of crafts, gifts and homeware, along with a well stocked selection of arts and crafts and design related books ...read more

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Gallery

Browse the gallery of Gordon Russell artefacts, many of which are in the museum

Gallery

Browse the gallery of Gordon Russell artefacts, many of which are in the museum

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volunteer

If you have a few spare hours each week, then why not join us by volunteering. We are looking for help in the shop, the archives and many more exciting roles.

If you have a few spare hours each week, then why not join us by volunteering. We are looking for help in the shop, the archives and many more exciting roles.

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learning

Downloadable resource packs, workshops and outreach material, for teachers and students studying product design, resistant materials, design and technology as well as art and design. The museum welcomes groups from primary schools up to 6th formers, as well as college and university students

Downloadable resource packs, workshops and outreach material, for teachers and students studying product design, resistant materials, design and technology as well as art and design. The museum welcomes groups from primary schools up to 6th formers, as well as college and university students

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donate

Help us by donating. Claim GiftAid and help us even more. Our museum relies on gernerous donations, visits, and shop sales. Everything helps - no donation is too small

Help us by donating. Claim GiftAid and help us even more. Our museum relies on gernerous donations, visits, and shop sales. Everything helps - no donation is too small

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become a friend

Become a Friend of the GRDM and receive some great benefits such as free access to the museum; access to new shows and talks; a programme of excursions to interesting and related venues and the once a year summer party

Become a Friend of the GRDM and receive some great benefits such as free access to the museum; access to new shows and talks; a programme of excursions to interesting and related venues and the once a year summer party

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NEWS & EVENTS

National Furniture Design Competition winner announced

Posted on: 16th March 2018

After a nationwide search, the Gordon Russell Design Museum has awarded their inaugural Furniture Design Competition prize to Arash Shahbaz, MA Vehicle Design student at the Royal College of Art.

Inspired by Gordon Russell’s design philosophy, the competition called for innovative designs for a machine made chair and was open to students aged 16 or over in full or part time education. The museum received an array of stimulating and creative submissions from students across a range of disciplines, including textiles, engineering, product design and furniture making. Despite stiff competition, the judging panel was unanimous in awarding Arash Shahbaz the £1,000 prize for his design, the BZI Chair.

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After a nationwide search, the Gordon Russell Design Museum has awarded their inaugural Furniture Design Competition prize to Arash Shahbaz, MA Vehicle Design student at the Royal College of Art.

Inspired by Gordon Russell’s design philosophy, the competition called for innovative designs for a machine made chair and was open to students aged 16 or over in full or part time education. The museum received an array o

After a nationwide sear

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TALK ON DR CHRISTOPHER DRESSER ON 6th APRIL 2018

Posted on: 28th February 2018

Matthew Winterbottom will be giving talk on Unity in Variety.  Dr Christopher Dresser, Pioneer of Modern Design at 6pm in the Edinburgh Room, the Lygon Arms, Broadway on 6th April 2018.

Dr Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) believed well-made objects should be within the reach of the widest possible.  His designs, which are now widely collected, were based on abstracted geometric natural forms were applied to ceramics, glass, metal, furniture, wallpapers and textiles.   His work was also influenced by Japanese arts and crafts.  The speaker is Curator of late 19th century British Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford  </p

Matthew Winterbottom will be giving talk on Unity in Variety.  Dr Christopher Dresser, Pioneer of Modern Design at 6pm in the Edinburgh Room, the Lygon Arms, Broadway on 6th April 2018.

Dr Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) believed well-made objects should be within the reach of the widest possible.  His designs, which are now widely collected, were based on abstracted geometric natural forms were applied to ceramics, glass, metal, furniture, wallpapers and textiles.   His work was also influenced by Japanese arts and crafts.  The speaker is Curator of late 19th century Brit

Matthew Winterbottom will be giving talk on Unity in Variety.  Dr Christopher Dresser, Pioneer of Modern Design at 6pm in the Edinburgh Room, the Lygon Arms, Broadway on 6th April 2018.

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One-off sideboard designed by Dick Russell

Posted on: 16th February 2018

Have you seen this sideboard?  Dick Russell designed it as a one-off piece for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition show held at the Royal Academy in 1938.    Executed by A. H. Allaway the carcass and legs of the sideboard are made from pearwood with the doors constructed from ebony with inlaid with mutton bones.  This design echoes a tea caddy made by Ernest Gimson as a family piece some eighteen years earlier.

Its current whereabouts is a mystery.  Please contact the museum if you can help with its location.

 

Have you seen this sideboard?  Dick Russell designed it as a one-off piece for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition show held at the Royal Academy in 1938.    Executed by A. H. Allaway the carcass and legs of the sideboard are made from pearwood with the doors constructed from ebony with inlaid with mutton bones.  This design echoes a tea caddy made by Ernest Gimson as a family piece some eighteen years earlier.

Its current whereabouts is a mystery.  Please contact the museum if you can help with its location.

Have you seen this sideboard?  Dick Russell designed it as a one-off piece for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition show held at the Royal Academy in 1938.    Executed by A. H. Allaway the carcass and

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STEAM TRAINS RETURN TO BROADWAY

Posted on: 12th January 2018

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteer run GWR (Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway) Broadway Station will re-open to the public on 30th March 2018, fifty eight years after the last train left the village.  Starting at Cheltenham Racecourse this service will run through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds, with views of  the hamlets, villages and outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.   On arrival at Broadway station visitors are invited to make the 10 to 15 minute walk to the centre of the village and the Gordon Russell Design Museum.

For more information click here  and the 2018 calendar, timetables can be found here and a video of the project 

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteer run GWR (Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway) Broadway Station will re-open to the public on 30th March 2018, fifty eight years after the last train left the village.  Starting at Cheltenham Racecourse this service will run through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds, with views of  the hamlets, villages and outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.   On arrival at Broadway station visitors are invited to make the 10 to 15 minute walk to the centre of the village and the Gordon Russell Design Museum.

For more information

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteer run GWR (Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway) Broadway Station will re-open to the public on 30th March 2018, fifty eight years after the last train left the

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THE PRIVATE FROLICS OF LORD BERNERS on 23rd February at 6pm

Posted on: 8th January 2018

On 23rd February 2018 at 6pm in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway, Roger Vlitos, Curator of Buscot Park will give a talk on ‘The Private Frolics of Lord Berners’.

Ticket price include glass of wine and nibble:  £5 for Friends of GRDM, £10 for others and free to GRDM volunteers.

To book places please contact:

Christopher Hotten, Friends Organiser, c/o Gordon Russell Design Museum, 15 Russell Square, Broadway, Worcs WR12 7AP

On 23rd February 2018 at 6pm in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway, Roger Vlitos, Curator of Buscot Park will give a talk on ‘The Private Frolics of Lord Berners’.

Ticket price include glass of wine and nibble:  £5 for Friends of GRDM, £10 for others and free to GRDM volunteers.

To book places please contact:

Christopher Hotten, Friends Organiser, c/o Gordon Russell Design Museum, 15 Russell Square, Broadway, Worcs WR12 7AP

On 23rd February 2018 at 6pm in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway, Roger Vlitos, Curator of Buscot Park will give a talk on ‘The Private Frolics of Lord Berners’.

Ticket price include glass

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Win £1,000 : National Furniture Design Competition

Posted on: 29th October 2017

The museum has launched a national competition to design a chair, awarding a £1,000 prize to the winning entry. The prize is part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to inspire the next generation of furniture designers; rewarding innovation and building on Gordon Russell’s legacy as a champion of design education.

Open to students aged 16 or over in full- or part-time education, the brief is to design a chair suitable for batch or mass production. The chair can be designed for use in any number of settings, such as domestic or office, and can be made from any material, such as wood, metal, plastic or carbon fibre. The successful design will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of construction, materials and machine technology. Designs can be submitted in whatever format appropriate, including elevation drawings using CAD or SketchUp, mockups, prototypes or 3D printed models.

The museum has launched a national competition to design a chair, awarding a £1,000 prize to the winning entry. The prize is part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to inspire the next generation of furniture designers; rewarding innovation and building on Gordon Russell’s legacy as a champion of design education.

Open to students aged 16 or over in full- or part-time education, the brief is to design a chair suitable for batch or mass production. The chair can be designed for use in any number of settings, such as domestic or office, and can be made from any material, such as wood, met

The museum has launched a national competition to design a chair, awarding a £1,000 prize to the winning entry. The prize is part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to inspire the next generation of

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New acquisition: 1928 Jewel Cabinet

Posted on: 20th October 2017

An early Gordon Russell jewel cabinet has gone on display, having being recently acquired for the museum collection. Designed in 1922, the English walnut cabinet, with ebony and boxwood inlay to the doors, was made a few years later in 1928 by Gordon Russell cabinetmaker Bert Allaway. It required some restoration prior to display which was carried out by Martin Blakeman, former Master Craftsman for Gordon Russell Ltd and museum volunteer. Martin explains: ‘Bert Allaway was one of the finest cabinet makers at the Gordon Russell workshops; his name keeps cropping up on the best pieces. I worked with Bert in the 60s – he was a lovely man who shared his skills and advice quite openly

An early Gordon Russell jewel cabinet has gone on display, having being recently acquired for the museum collection. Designed in 1922, the English walnut cabinet, with ebony and boxwood inlay to the doors, was made a few years later in 1928 by Gordon Russell cabinetmaker Bert Allaway. It required some restoration prior to display which was carried out by Martin Blakeman, former Master Cra

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Marian Pepler: AA Women and Architecture centenary celebrations

Posted on: 6th October 2017

Marian Pepler, architect and textile designer, will feature in a new exhibition celebrating the centenary of the admission of women to the Architectural Association School. The museum has lent some of her original drawings from the extensive collection of rugs and fabrics that she designed for Gordon Russell Ltd. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described her work as possessing ‘a sensitivity and a quiet perfection not surpassed anywhere in Europe’.

AA Women and Architecture 1917-2017, runs from 7 October to 9 December 2017 at the Architectural Association, London
http://xx.aaschool.ac.uk/exhibition/

Look out for more of Marian Pepler’s work in the Gordon Russell Design Museum’s 2018 programme.

Marian Pepler, architect and textile designer, will feature in a new exhibition celebrating the centenary of the admission of women to the Architectural Association School. The museum has lent some of her original drawings from the extensive collection of rugs and fabrics that she designed for Gordon Russell Ltd. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described her work as possessing ‘a sensitivity and a quiet perfection not surpassed anywhere in Europe’.

AA Women and Architecture 1917-2017, runs from 7 October to 9 December 2017 at the Architectural Association, London

Marian Pepler, architect and textile designer, will feature in a new exhibition celebrating the centenary of the admission of women to the Architectural Association School. The museum has lent some o

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Talk on Lewis Foreman Day (1845-1910) on 13 October 2017

Posted on: 24th September 2017

A man proves himself a designer, not because he has somehow arrived at a design, but in as much as out of unpromising material and untoward circumstances he can shape a thing of beauty’ 

Helen Larner will talk about the life and work of this prolific designer who wanted to push the boundaries.

The talk will take place in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU. Tickets free for volunteers, £5 for Friends and £10 for others (includes a glass of wine and nibbles).

A man proves himself a designer, not because he has somehow arrived at a design, but in as much as out of unpromising material and untoward circumstances he can shape a thing of beauty’ 

Helen Larner will talk about the life and work of this prolific designer who wanted to push the boundaries.

The talk will take place in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU. Tickets free for volunteers, £5 for Friends and £10 for others (includes a glass of wine and nibbles).

A man proves himself a designer, not because he has somehow arrived at a design, but in as much as out of unpromising material and untoward circumstances he can shape a thing of beauty’

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Talk on Lewis Foreman Day (1845-1910) on 13 October 2017 at 6pm

Posted on: 24th September 2017

A man proves himself a designer, not because he has somehow arrived at a design, but in as much as out of unpromising material and untoward circumstances he can shape a thing of beauty’ 

Helen Larner will talk about the life and work of this prolific designer who wanted to push the boundaries.

The talk will take place in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU. Tickets free for volunteers, £5 for Friends and £10 for others (includes a glass of wine and nibbles).

A man proves himself a designer, not because he has somehow arrived at a design, but in as much as out of unpromising material and untoward circumstances he can shape a thing of beauty’ 

Helen Larner will talk about the life and work of this prolific designer who wanted to push the boundaries.

The talk will take place in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU. Tickets free for volunteers, £5 for Friends and £10 for others (includes a glass of wine and nibbles).

A man proves himself a designer, not because he has somehow arrived at a design, but in as much as out of unpromising material and untoward circumstances he can shape a thing of beauty’

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