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

Opening Hours
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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

Friends of GRDM Visit to Wightwick Manor on Tuesday 18th September 2018

Posted on: 1st July 2018

Built for the successful 19th century industrialist Theodore Mander this is a rare surviving example of a house influenced by the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements.   Mander was inspired to decorate the interior of the manor with wallpapers and fabrics designed by William Morris, tiles by William De Morgan and glass by Charles Kempe, after he heard a lecture by Oscar Wilde in Wolverhampton in 1884 on ‘The House Beautiful’. There will also be an opportunity to see paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, including a temporary exhibition of work by Lizzie Siddall, the ill-fated wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  The visit will include a one hour guided tour of the house, an opportunity for a self-guided visit to the permanent William and Evelyn de Morgan exhibition, and an opportunity to investigate the wonderful gardens created by the Arts & Crafts garden designer Thoma

Built for the successful 19th century industrialist Theodore Mander this is a rare surviving example of a house influenced by the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements.   Mander was inspired to decorate the interior of the manor with wallpapers and fabrics designed by William Morris, tiles by William De Morgan and glass by Charles Kempe, after he heard a lecture by Oscar Wilde in Wolverhampton in 1884 on ‘The House Beautiful’. There will also be an opportunity to see paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, including a temporary exhibition of work by Lizzie Siddall, the ill-fated w

Built for the successful 19th century industrialist Theodore Mander this is a rare surviving example of a house influenced by the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements.   Mander was inspired to

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Symposium: The Rush Seated Chair: a celebration of past, present and future

Posted on: 19th May 2018

Hugo Burge, at Marchmont House, has organised a two day symposium, to be held on 14th and 15th September 2018, on the rush seated chair in all its facets, from the material and the ways in which the rush seats were made, to the widespread variety of vernacular types – from the urban to the rural; from the country house to the cottage.  The event will conclude with a discussion on the place of the rush seated chair of why it is an interesting subject of study and whether it has a place in our lives today.

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Hugo Burge, at Marchmont House, has organised a two day symposium, to be held on 14th and 15th September 2018, on the rush seated chair in all its facets, from the material and the ways in which the rush seats were made, to the widespread variety of vernacular types – from the urban to the rural; from the country house to the cottage.  The event will conclude with a discussion on the place of the rush seated chair of why it is an interesting subject of study and whether it has a place in our lives today.

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Hugo Burge, at Marchmont House, has organised a two day symposium, to be held on 14th and 15th September 2018, on the rush seated chair in all its facets, from the materia

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Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds : 8-9 June 2018

Posted on: 18th May 2018

This symposium, organised by Court Barn, will explore the Arts & Crafts movement in the Cotswolds.  Contributions from nationally acclaimed speakers will consider key Cotswolds figures: William Morris, Gimson and the Barnsleys, Michael Cardew, Ashbee and Gordon Russell.   The event will be held at Chipping Campden School.  See Court Barn website for full details and ticket prices

This symposium, organised by Court Barn, will explore the Arts & Crafts movement in the Cotswolds.  Contributions from nationally acclaimed speakers will consider key Cotswolds figures: William Morris, Gimson and the Barnsleys, Michael Cardew, Ashbee and Gordon Russell.   The event will be held at Chipping Campden School.  See Court Barn website for full details and ticket prices

This symposium, organised by Court Barn, will explore the Arts & Crafts movement in the Cotswolds.  Contributions from nationally acclaimed speakers will consider key

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Robin and Heather Tanner: a country living 19th May to 16th June 2018

Posted on: 13th May 2018

The Winchcombe Archive Collection are holding a two week exhibition, together with a series of talks on Robin and Heather Tanner.  The couple lived in a house they built at Kington Langley.  An etcher and teacher Tanner believed that the study of natural things and the explorations of arts and crafts were essential for the development of teachers and children.  He was a founder and benefactor of the Crafts Study Centre.

Visit Winchcombe Archive Collection website for further details.

The Winchcombe Archive Collection are holding a two week exhibition, together with a series of talks on Robin and Heather Tanner.  The couple lived in a house they built at Kington Langley.  An etcher and teacher Tanner believed that the study of natural things and the explorations of arts and crafts were essential for the development of teachers and children.  He was a founder and benefactor of the Crafts Study Centre.

The Winchcombe Archive Collection are holding a two week exhibition, together with a series of talks on Robin and Heather Tanner.  The couple lived in a hou

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Talk: Enid Marx: The Pleasures Of Pattern on Friday 22nd June 2018 @ 6pm

Posted on: 13th May 2018

On Friday 22nd June 2018 design historian Alan Powers will be giving a talk on this important leading mid-20th century artist and designer, collection and writer, Enid Marx.  Petite and charming, she was industrious, a perfectionist, outspoken and campaigning.  She studied under Paul Nash and counted Edward Bowden, Barnett Feedman and Eric Ravilious among her friends and she taught, among others, the future pop artist Sir Peter Blake.  Her career spanned seventy years and she worked with Gordon Russell on laminates for the wartime Utility Furniture Panel.

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On Friday 22nd June 2018 design historian Alan Powers will be giving a talk on this important leading mid-20th century artist and designer, collection and writer, Enid Marx.  Petite and charming, she was industrious, a perfectionist, outspoken and campaigning.  She studied under Paul Nash and counted Edward Bowden, Barnett Feedman and Eric Ravilious among her friends and she taught, among others, the future pop artist Sir Peter Blake.  Her career spanned seventy y

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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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