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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Plane and Saw

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

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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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

Alan Peters Furniture Award 2020

Posted on: 4th May 2019

Previously a judge for this award Jeremy Broun is organising the Alan Peters Furniture Award which is open to any UK resident woodworker over the age of 18. For further information on the award click here.  

Jeremy Broun has also published a 64 page free online book on Alan Peters the Makers Maker

Previously a judge for this award Jeremy Broun is organising the Alan Peters Furniture Award which is open to any UK resident woodworker over the age of 18. For further information on the award click here.  

Jeremy Broun has also published a 64 page free online book on Alan Peters the Makers Maker

Previously a judge for this award Jeremy Broun is organising the Alan Peters Furniture Award which is open to any UK resident woodworker over the age of 18. For further information on the award

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Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Posted on: 18th April 2019

Join us this weekend – our opening hours are:

Saturday 4th May: 11am – 5pm

Sunday 5th May: 11am-5pm

Monday 6th May: 11am-5pm

Join us this weekend – our opening hours are:

Saturday 4th May: 11am – 5pm

Sunday 5th May: 11am-5pm

Monday 6th May: 11am-5pm

Join us this weekend – our opening hours are:

Saturday 4th May: 11am – 5pm

Sunday 5th May: 11am-5pm

Monday 6th May: 11am-5pm

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Talk: “Product or Service” by Jeremy Broun and Andrew Lawton on Friday 21st June

Posted on: 7th April 2019

Jeremy Broun and Andrew Lawton are award-winning furniture designer makers based in Bath and the Peak District respectively.

Jeremy, a well known innovator, established a workshop in 1973 and his focus is on product, an example being a rocking chair design that sold all over the world. He is the author of The Encyclopaedia of Woodworking Techniques, which was updated in 2018.  He has produced a short film on the life and work of Sir Gordon Russell entitled, A gem

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Talk on Friday 5 April 2019: ‘Living in all the tenses’ – design and craft in the work of Ernest Gimson by Mary Greensted

Posted on: 6th March 2019

Ernest Gimson – architect, designer of furniture and metalwork, chairmaker, plasterworker, and two-dimensional designer – was one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. His work was rooted in English traditions and has been a continuing source of inspiration for designers and makers up to the present day. This talk will look at the development of Gimson’s work and provide an introduction into the range of his work and his impact on 20th- and 21st-century furniture design.

Mary Greensted was a curator at Cheltenham and is now a trustee at Court Barn. She has written widely on the Arts and Crafts Movement. She has co-authored Ernest Gimson: Arts and Crafts Designer and Architect which will be published by Yale University Press in October 2019.

Photo credit: New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester

The talk will take place at 6pm in the Edi

Ernest Gimson – architect, designer of furniture and metalwork, chairmaker, plasterworker, and two-dimensional designer – was one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. His work was rooted in English traditions and has been a continuing source of inspiration for designers and makers up to the present day. This talk will look at the development of Gimson’s work and provide an introduction into the range of his work and his impact on 20th- and 21st-century furniture design.

Mary Greensted was a curator at Cheltenham and is now a trustee at Court Barn. She has written wide

Ernest Gimson – architect, designer of furniture and metalwork, chairmaker, plasterworker, and two-dimensional designer – was one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. His work was

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Spring and Summer opening hours

Posted on: 1st March 2019

We are now open from 11am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

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We are now open from 11am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Plan your visit

We are now open from 11am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Plan your visit

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The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

Posted on: 12th January 2019

The BBC have brought back to life a late 1800s Victorian arts and crafts commune in the Welsh hills in this series currently showing on BBC2.  We follow a group of 21st-century crafters as they experience the highs and lows of living and working together as a creative commune. Over their month-long stay they are set to renovate four of the key rooms in the house.   The projects have been set by Arts & Crafts expert Patch Rogers and internationally renowned potter Keith Brymer Jones

See BBC iPlayer at https://bbc.in/2M4I84C to see the programme information and episodes.

The BBC have brought back to life a late 1800s Victorian arts and crafts commune in the Welsh hills in this series currently showing on BBC2.  We follow a group of 21st-century crafters as they experience the highs and lows of living and working together as a creative commune. Over their month-long stay they are set to renovate four of the key rooms in the house.   The projects have been set by Arts & Crafts expert Patch Rogers and internationally renowned potter Keith Brymer Jones

See BBC iPlayer at https://bbc.in/2M4I84C to see the programme inf

The BBC have brought back to life a late 1800s Victorian arts and crafts commune in the Welsh hills in this series currently showing on BBC2.  We follow a group of 21st-century crafters as they exper

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Talk on 22/02/2019: The Arts and Crafts in the Digital Age by Luke Hughes

Posted on: 12th January 2019

Since he began to design and make furniture in Covent Garden in 1981, Luke Hughes has built up a team of specialists who design, engineer & deliver exceptional furniture for notable buildings. These are predominantly buildings of learning, worship, work and leisure. Clients include Harvard and Yale universities, more than 80% of Oxford and Cambridge Colleges, 24 major cathedrals, 5 royal palaces, and 2 Supreme Courts.

Much of the production has, for over 30 years, been carried out in the Broadway area, by former employees of Gordon Russell Ltd, some of whom will be in the audience. Recently, Dick Russell’s iconic Coventry chair design was re-engineered, licensed and put back into production; 1600 were made for the chapel at Valparaiso, Indiana.

His talk will look at the continuing relevance, in a digital age, of the Arts and Crafts principles that informed the work of the Cot

Since he began to design and make furniture in Covent Garden in 1981, Luke Hughes has built up a team of specialists who design, engineer & deliver exceptional furniture for notable buildings. These are predominantly buildings of learning, worship, work and leisure. Clients include Harvard and Yale universities, more than 80% of Oxford and Cambridge Colleges, 24 major cathedrals, 5 royal palaces, and 2 Supreme Courts.

Much of the production has, for over 30 years, been carried out in the Broadway area, by former employees of Gordon Russell Ltd, some of whom will be in the audience. Rece

Since he began to design and make furniture in Covent Garden in 1981, Luke Hughes has built up a team of specialists who design, engineer & deliver exceptional furniture for notable buildings. The

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Seasonal opening hours

Posted on: 18th December 2018

PLEASE NOTE: the museum is currently closed for winter and will re-open on 1st February 2019.

Why not sign up for our mailing list to be the first to hear about forthcoming events and exhibitions, as well as exclusive offers for our shop, Plane and Saw.

 

2019 OPENING HOURS

AUTUMN & WINTER (February, November and December): Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm

SPRING & SUMMER (March to October): Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm

Closed throughout January, except for group visits by prior arrangement. Please contact us for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: the museum is currently closed for winter and will re-open on 1st February 2019.

Why not sign up for our mailing list to be the first to hear about forthcoming events and exhibitions, as well as exclusive offers for our shop, Plane and Saw.

 

2019 OPENING HOURS

AUTUMN & WINTER (February, November and December): Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm

SPRING & SUMMER (March to October): Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11a

PLEASE NOTE: the museum is currently closed for winter and will re-open on 1st February 2019.

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Handcrafting Ladder Back Chairs

Posted on: 10th November 2018

For over half a century master craftsman Lawrence Neal has been handcrafting ladder back chairs.  From the ash woodlands and rush filled rivers of rural Warwickshire to the Art Workers’ Guild meeting hall this video shows the historic lineage of ladder back chair and explore Neal’s making process.  He left school at the age of 15 to be apprenticed to his father, the beginning of 50 years of chair making.   Comprehensive instructions have never been recorded, but instead passed on between generations of masters and apprentices.  Most of the chairs are based on designs by Ernest Gimson. In 2017 Neal received funding to take on two apprentices but, in order for these not to be the last makers, decisions to be made to recognise the value and heritage of traditional crafts, and to support makers to continue to produc

For over half a century master craftsman Lawrence Neal has been handcrafting ladder back chairs.  From the ash woodlands and rush filled rivers of rural Warwickshire to the Art Workers’ Guild meeting hall this video shows the historic lineage of ladder back chair and explore Neal’s making process.  He left school at the age of 15 to be apprenticed to his father, the beginning of 50 years of chair making.   Comprehensive instructions have never been recorded, but instead passed on between generations of masters and appr

For over half a century master craftsman Lawrence Neal has been handcrafting ladder back chairs.  From the ash woodlands and rush filled rivers of rural Warwickshire to t

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Coventry Chairs from Tower of London

Posted on: 17th October 2018

When working on a renovation project and installing bespoke furniture for the historic Chapel of St. John in the Tower of London Luke Hughes’ company refurbished the Coventry Chairs which had previously occupied this space and these now sit in the public exhibition spaces of the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation in Lower Manhattan, New York City.   Dick Russell, brother of Sir Gordon Russell, had been commissioned in 1962 by Sir Basil Spence to produce a suitable design for use in Coventry Cathedral.  Russell’s design was considered a great accomplishment and thousands were made by the Gordon Russell company for churches the world over.  Practical and ha

When working on a renovation project and installing bespoke furniture for the historic Chapel of St. John in the Tower of London Luke Hughes’ company refurbished the Coventry Chairs which had previously occupied this space and these now sit in the public exhibition spaces of the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation in Lower Manhattan, New York City.   Dick Russell, b

When working on a renovation project and installing bespoke furniture for the historic Chapel of St. John in the Tower of London L

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