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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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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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

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
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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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Win £1,000 : National Furniture Design Competition

Posted on: 30th August 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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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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