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 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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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

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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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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