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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Gallery

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

Gallery

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

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Design Competition

Win £1,000 in our student chair design competition

Win £1,000 in our student chair design competition

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NEWS & EVENTS

Welcome back!

Posted on: 13th August 2020

We’re delighted to announce that the Museum will be reopening on Thursday 20 August for pre-booked visits between 11am-4pm.

Our new opening days will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We’re really looking forward to welcoming our visitors and volunteers back to the Museum and we’ve been working hard to ensure your visit is as safe as possible. Find out more and book your tickets here

We’re delighted to announce that the Museum will be reopening on Thursday 20 August for pre-booked visits between 11am-4pm.

Our new opening days will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We’re really looking forward to welcoming our visitors and volunteers back to the Museum and we’ve been working hard to ensure your visit is as safe as possible. Find out more and book your tickets here

We’re delighted to announce that the Museum will be reopening on Thursday 20 August for pre-booked visits between 11am-4pm.

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THE GOTHIC REVIVAL AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT

Posted on: 22nd February 2020

Friday 15th May 2020 at 1730 for 1800 in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway

Megan Aldrich is adjunct Professor at Richmond the International American University and a part-time tutor at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford; she lectures, writes and teaches aspects of architectural and design history, including interiors and furniture, and consults in the heritage sector.  She was formerly a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.  Recent publications include Antiquaries and Archaists:  the past in the past, the past in the present (Spire Books, 2009); Art and Authenticity (Lund Humphries, 2012); Thomas Rickman and the Victorians (Victoria

Friday 15th May 2020 at 1730 for 1800 in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway

Megan Aldrich is adjunct Professor at Richmond the International American University and a part-time tutor at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford; she lectures, writes and teaches aspects of architectural and design history, including interiors and furniture, and consults in the heritage sector.  She was formerly a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of Sotheby’s Institu

Friday 15th May 2020 at 1730 for 1800 in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway

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MARIANNE STRAUB – A DESIGNER’S DESIGNER

Posted on: 22nd February 2020

Friday 3rd April 1730 for 1800 in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway

Arriving in Bradford in 1932 to study power weaving, Swiss-born Marianne Straub (1909-1994) was to become one of Britain’s most influential designer/weavers. This talk is a chance to glimpse the creative output of a handweaver committed to well-made mass-produced textiles, one who remained active until her return to Switzerland in 1992.
           
Her biographer, Mary Schoeser, introduces the range of her work, including the cloths she designed for Gordon Russell Ltd. Some, such as the Welsh tweeds first produced in the mid-1930s, remained favourites among the clients of the firm for over two decades, and Dick Russell is also known to ha

Friday 3rd April 1730 for 1800 in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway

Arriving in Bradford in 1932 to study power weaving, Swiss-born Marianne Straub (1909-1994) was to become one of Britain’s most influential designer/weavers. This talk is a chance to glimpse the creative output of a handweaver committed to well-made mass-produced textiles, one who remained active until her return to Switzerland in 1992.
           

Friday 3rd April 1730 for 1800 in the Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, Broadway

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Talk: The Future of Furniture Craft Education

Posted on: 25th September 2019

by Joseph Bray

Friday 1st November 2019

at 6pm

Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU

Over the past 20 years Joseph Bray has observed both the demise of graduate level craft programmes in the UK and the significant reduction in children learning craft in schools. At the same time the furniture industry reports a skills gap and an aging population with craft skills in very high demand. Set against this backdrop his Churchill Fellowship took him to northern Europe and the east coast of America to learn first hand from programmes and institutions that deliver excellence in

by Joseph Bray

Friday 1st November 2019

at 6pm

Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU

Over the past 20 years Joseph Bray has observed both the demise of graduate level craft programmes in the UK and the significant reduction in children learning craft in schools. At the same time t

by Joseph Bray

Friday 1st Novemb

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TALK: Abram Games 60 Years of Design

Posted on: 21st August 2019

Wednesday 25 September 2019

at 6pm in Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU

Abram Games was one of the 20th century’s most important graphic designers.  His career spanned 60 years, and during the Second World War, he was uniquely appointed Official War Poster Artist, designing over 100 posters.  Postwar, he created posters for London Transport, Guinness, the Financial Times and the British Overseas Airways Corporation.  He designed the first animated ident for BBC television, the covers of Penguin Books and the emblems for the 1951 Festival of Britain and the Queen’s Award to Industry.  Games also created postage stamps issued in Britain, Jersey and Israel.  The length of Games’ career makes his work a striki

Wednesday 25 September 2019

at 6pm in Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU

Abram Games was one of the 20th century’s most important graphic designers.  His career spanned 60 years, and during the Second World War, he was uniquely appointed Official War Poster Artist, designing over 100 posters.  Postwar, he created posters for London Transport, Guinness, the Financial Times and the British Overseas Airways Corporation.  He des

Wednesday 25 September 2019

at 6pm in Edinburgh Room, Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway WR12 7DU

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Craft and Design Awards

Posted on: 7th August 2019

Summer time is awards season at the Museum, and we are delighted to have been able to support the work of a number of graduate designers this year through our Student Craft and Design Prizes at Leamington College and the Peter Sefton Furniture School, as well as the inaugural Ray Leigh Design Prize at Rycotewood Furniture Centre

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Summer time is awards season at the Museum, and we are delighted to have been able to support the work of a number of graduate designers this year through our Student Craft and Design Prizes at Leamington College and the Peter Sefton Furniture School, as well as the inaugural Ray Leigh Design Prize at Rycotewood Furniture Centre

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Summer time is awards season at the Museum, and we are delighted to have been able to support the work of a number of graduate designers this year through our Student Craft an

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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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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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