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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opening hours

Open 11-5 Tue to Sun ...read more

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Exhibition

The Worcestershire Guild of Contemporary Crafts ...read more

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Museum Shop

The Museum has a shop open to the public with a beautiful collection of merchandise from local and national craftsmen and women. Pottery, Robert Welch, various and unique wooden artefacts and a well stocked selection of arts and crafts books ...read more

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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 ...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

If you have a few spare hours each week, then why not join us by volunteering

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Tell a friend

We're social. Follow us on facebook and twitter

We're social. Follow us on facebook and twitter

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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

13th SEPTEMBER 2017 OUTING

Posted on: 29th July 2017

On Wednesday 13th September the Friends will be visiting Buscot Park for a 40 minutes guided tour of the house, including the Pre-Raphelite room with Edward Burne-Jones famous Briar Rose series of paintings.   Lunch in nearby Faringdon will provide an opportunity to see the extraordinary Portwell Bench and learn about it association with Salvador Dali. The outing will end with a brief visit to the much loved, and much visited by William Morris, Great Coxwell Barn dating from the 13th century.  Tickets £25 – lunch at own cost.

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On Wednesday 13th September the Friends will be visiting Buscot Park for a 40 minutes guided tour of the house, including the Pre-Raphelite room with Edward Burne-Jones famous Briar Rose series of paintings.   Lunch in nearby Faringdon will provide an opportunity to see the extraordinary Portwell Bench and learn about it association with Salvador Dali. The outing will end with a brief visit to the much loved, and much visited by William Morris, Great Coxwell Barn dating from the 13th century.  Tickets £25 – lunch at own cost.

On Wednesday 13th September the Friends will be visiting Buscot Park for a 40 minutes guided tour of the house, including the Pre-Raphelite room with Edward Burne-Jones famous Briar Rose series of pai

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GORDON RUSSELL DESIGN MUSEUM PRIZE WINNING DESIGNERS 2017

Posted on: 24th July 2017

Matthew Brown from Royal Leamington Spa College and Noah Morris from the Peter Sefton Furniture School are this year’s winners of  the Gordon Russell Design Museum Award for Innovation and Design.  Their prize winning designs are on display at the museum from 25th July to 14th August.  Matthew Brown and Noah Morris will be at the GRDM on Saturday 5th August as part of the museum’s ‘Meet the Makers’ day.

 

Matthew Brown from Royal Leamington Spa College and Noah Morris from the Peter Sefton Furniture School are this year’s winners of  the Gordon Russell Design Museum Award for Innovation and Design.  Their prize winning designs are on display at the museum from 25th July to 14th August.  Matthew Brown and Noah Morris will be at the GRDM on Saturday 5th August as part of the museum’s ‘Meet

Matthew Brown from Royal Leamington Spa College and Noah Morris from the

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GR PRIZE FOR INNOVATION 2017

Posted on: 16th July 2017

Gabrielle Falkiner, Chairman of the GR Trust, presented Matt Brown, a student at the Royal Leamington School of Art Furniture Crafts, with a cheque for £250 and a certificate as the winner of this year’s GR Prize for Innovation and Design.

Click link for  Warwickshire College School for Furniture Crafts End of Year Show 2017

 

Gabrielle Falkiner, Chairman of the GR Trust, presented Matt Brown, a student at the Royal Leamington School of Art Furniture Crafts, with a cheque for £250 and a certificate as the winner of this year’s GR Prize for Innovation and Design.

Click link for  Warwickshire College School for Furniture Crafts End of Year Show 2017

 

Gabrielle Falkiner, Chairman of the GR Trust, presented Matt Brown, a student at the Royal Leamington School of Art Furniture Crafts, with a cheque for £250 and a certificate as the winner of this ye

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QUEEN’S HONOUR LIST 2107

Posted on: 19th June 2017

The Gordon Russell Trust Patron Sir Terence Conran was made a Companion of Honour for his services to design and Trustee David Dewing received the OBE for services to the arts.

 

The Gordon Russell Trust Patron Sir Terence Conran was made a Companion of Honour for his services to design and Trustee David Dewing received the OBE for services to the arts.

 

The Gordon Russell Trust Patron Sir Terence Conran was made a Companion of Honour for his services to design and Trustee David Dewing received the OBE for services to the arts.

 

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EARLY GORDON RUSSELL PIECE FOUND ON EBAY

Posted on: 31st May 2017

Jean and Ray Leigh have kindly donated to the museum’s collection an early fire screen designed by Gordon Russell, a piece they discovered on eBay . The screen features a repousse decorative panel (repousse raised designs or lettering on metal and leather, very often a feature of arts and crafts work).   The frame, made in the company’s workshop, bears ‘The Gordon Russell Workshops Ltd’ metal label which dates it production between 1926/8

It is unlikely that any of the company’s craftsmen had the necessary skills in working with leather in this way whereas Gordon already had considerable expertise as he had made leather ‘Jacks’ ( traditional liquor vessels) for the Lygon Arms. Gordon would have relished the challenge of producing one of his design on this leather panel.

 

Jean and Ray Leigh have kindly donated to the museum’s collection an early fire screen designed by Gordon Russell, a piece they discovered on eBay . The screen features a repousse decorative panel (repousse raised designs or lettering on metal and leather, very often a feature of arts and crafts work).   The frame, made in the company’s workshop, bears ‘The Gordon Russell Workshops Ltd’ metal label which dates it production between 1926/8

It is unlikely that any of the company’s craftsmen had the necessary skills in working with leather in this way whereas Gordon already had considerable

Jean and Ray Leigh have kindly donated to the museum’s collection an early fire screen designed by Gordon Russell, a piece they discovered on eBay . The screen features a repousse decorative panel (re

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Young Furniture Design award winner

Posted on: 6th May 2017

Winner of the inaugural GRDM award to the most outstanding furniture student at Royal Leamington Spa College was presented to Philipp Stummer by GR Trustee and furniture designer in 2015.  The following year he won the Young Furniture Makers Design Award and the Blum Best in Show Prize, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company.  He has now set up as an independent designer http://www.earthwoodcrafts.com/

Winner of the inaugural GRDM award to the most outstanding furniture student at Royal Leamington Spa College was presented to Philipp Stummer by GR Trustee and furniture designer in 2015.  The following year he won the Young Furniture Makers Design Award and the Blum Best in Show Prize, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company.  He has now set up as an independent designer http://www.earthwoodcrafts.com/

Winner of the inaugural GRDM award to the most outstanding furniture student at Royal Leamington Spa College was presented to Philipp Stummer by GR Trustee and furniture designer in 2015.  The follow

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FRIENDS GROUP LAUNCHED

Posted on: 13th April 2017

The evening of Friday 7th April saw the successful launch of the Friends of the Gordon Russell Design Museum.  Over a glass of wine (kindly supplied by Guy Warner of Budgens) the guests heard about Gordon Russell’s connection with the Lygon Arms (who had kindly provided the Torrington Room for this event).   Ray Leigh, former Design Director, Managing Director and Chairman of Gordon Russell Ltd, and founder Trustee of the Gordon Russell Design Museum told the story of Gordon’s arrival in Broadway, and his continuing association with the village.  Christopher Hotten, Friends Organiser, explained that the Friends had been set up to help support the museum.   Everyone who signed got a welcome pack, comprising a membership card, newsletter and a copy of Gordon Russell: Designer of Furniture 1892-1992 by Jeremy Myerson.  Three visits

The evening of Friday 7th April saw the successful launch of the Friends of the Gordon Russell Design Museum.  Over a glass of wine (kindly supplied by Guy Warner of Budgens) the guests heard about Gordon Russell’s connection with the Lygon Arms (who had kindly provided the Torrington Room for this event).   Ray Leigh, former Design Director, Managing Director and Chairman of Gordon Russell Ltd, and founder Trustee of the Gordon Russell Design Museum told the story of Gordon’s arrival in Broadway, and his continuing association with the village. 

The evening of Friday 7th April saw the successful launch of the Friends of the Gordon Russell Design Museum.  Over a glass of wine (kindly supplied by Guy War

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Welcome to our new Website

Posted on: 2nd April 2017

In April 2017 the Gordon Russell Design Museum launched an updated and improved website that will now work on tablets and mobile phones as well as computers.  A section for the new Friends Group, also launched in April, provides downloadable application and booking forms for outings.   This new site will also be linked to social media to further improve accessibility to information on design from the Arts & Crafts movement through to the 20th century work of Gordon Russell Ltd.

We still have a few items under constructions.  In the meantime we would really appreciate any feedback you have on our site:  manager@gordonrusselldesignmuseum.org

In April 2017 the Gordon Russell Design Museum launched an updated and improved website that will now work on tablets and mobile phones as well as computers.  A section for the new Friends Group, also launched in April, provides downloadable application and booking forms for outings.   This new site will also be linked to social media to further improve accessibility to information on design from the Arts & Crafts movement through to the 20th century work of Gordon Russell Ltd.

We still have a few items under constructions.  In the meantime we would really appreciate any

In April 2017 the Gordon Russell Design Museum launched an updated and improved website that will now work on tablets and mobile phones as well as computers.  A section for the new Friends Group, als

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Become a Friend of the Gordon Russell Design Museum

Posted on: 20th February 2017

At 6pm on 7th April 2017 a party will be held in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms to launch a new Friends Group to support the Gordon Russell Design Museum.  The Friends will not support the museum financially but act as ambassadors, lobby on its behalf and help provide a resource of contacts and information.

Three visits have been arranged for the Friends Group for 2017:  June: Madresfield Court, near Malvern to see the Arts and Crafts aspects of the interior.  July: Winterbourne House and Gardens, a rare surviving example of an Edwardian suburban villa and Gertrude Jekyll inspired garden.  September: Buscot Park for a private tour of the ancestral home of Lord Faringdon.

For further information and booking forms click here.

At 6pm on 7th April 2017 a party will be held in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms to launch a new Friends Group to support the Gordon Russell Design Museum.  The Friends will not support the museum financially but act as ambassadors, lobby on its behalf and help provide a resource of contacts and information.

Three visits have been arranged for the Friends Group for 2017:  June: Madresfield Court, near Malvern to see the Arts and Crafts aspects of the interior.  July: Winterbourne House and Gardens, a rare surviving example of an Edwardian suburban villa and Gertrude Jekyll inspired

At 6pm on 7th April 2017 a party will be held in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms to launch a new Friends Group to support the Gordon Russell Design Museum.  The Friends will not support the mus

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VERITY ELSON APPOINTED MUSEUM MANAGER/CURATOR

Posted on: 15th February 2017

The Trustees are pleased to announce that Verity Elson will take up the post of  Museum Manager/Curator in early April 2017.   She comes to us from Compton Verney where she has worked for the past four years as Curator and Exhibitions Manager.

The Trustees are pleased to announce that Verity Elson will take up the post of  Museum Manager/Curator in early April 2017.   She comes to us from Compton Verney where she has worked for the past four years as Curator and Exhibitions Manager.

The Trustees are pleased to announce that Verity Elson will take up the post of  Museum Manager/Curator in early April 2017.   She comes to us from Compton Verney where she has worked for the past f

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