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

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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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Exhibition

Lyon and Turnbull London Gordon Russell: Designer and Maker Exhibition. 24 Sep to 6 Oct. Lyon & Turnbull, 22 Connaught Street, London W2 2AF. london@lyonandturnbull.com

Lyon and Turnbull London Gordon Russell: Designer and Maker Exhibition. 24 Sep to 6 Oct. Lyon & Turnbull, 22 Connaught Street, London W2 2AF. london@lyonandturnbull.com

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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

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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Visit to Marchmont House, Berwickshire Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May 2019

Posted on: 13th October 2018
From Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019 GRDM Friends will be staying at the Grade A listed Marchmont House in Berwickshire.  This Palladian mansion built in 1756 and probably to a design  by James Gibbs, has been described by Country Life as outstanding for the recently restored interiors.  A significant part of the house is dedicated to furnishings which reflect the Arts & Crafts movement.  In addition there is a Gordon Russell bedroom and various other pieces of GR furniture.   This trip will include a visit and tour of  Cragside, now owned by the National Trust and a self-guided tour of Lady Waterford Hall.
A talk will be given on Gordon Russell and his involvement in the Arts &

From Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019 GRDM Friends will be staying at the Grade A listed Marchmont House in Berwickshire.  This Palladian mansion built in 1756 and probably to a design  by James Gibbs, has been described by Country Life as outstanding for the recently restored interiors.  A significant part of the house is dedicated to furnishings which reflect the Arts & Crafts movement.  In addition there is a Gordon Russell bedroom and various other pieces of GR furniture.   This trip will include a visit and tour of 

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Talk: History of Leather and the National Leather Collection Wednesday 21st November 2018

Posted on: 9th September 2018

The use of leather is so ubiquitous that it is often taken for granted.  In his talk to GRDM Friends Philip Warner MA, Curator of the National Leather Collection will consider the worldwide story of leather spanning 4,500 years.  From early Theban garments, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Samuel Pepys wallet and the belts used to drive the industrial revolution, right through to the work of contemporary designers and craftspeople today.  Over 70 years ago John Waterer RDI (a friend of Gordon Russell) co-founded the Museum of Leathercraft to collect, curate and share the world story of this remarkable material.

Ticket price £10 – £5 for GRDM Friends – free for GRDM museum volunteers.

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The use of leather is so ubiquitous that it is often taken for granted.  In his talk to GRDM Friends Philip Warner MA, Curator of the National Leather Collection will consider the worldwide story of leather spanning 4,500 years.  From early Theban garments, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Samuel Pepys wallet and the belts used to drive the industrial revolution, right through to the work of contemporary designers and craftspeople today.  Over 70 years ago John Waterer RDI (a friend of Gordon Russell) co-founded the Museum of Leathercraft to collect, curate and share the world story of this remarkable

The use of leather is so ubiquitous that it is often taken for granted.  In his talk to GRDM Friends Philip Warner MA, Curator of the National Leather Collection will consider the worldwide story of

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Exhibition: Gordon Russell: Designer & Maker 26 September to 6 October

Posted on: 9th September 2018
Exhibition     Gordon Russell: Designer & Maker
23 September to 6 October 2018

Edinburgh based auction house Lyon & Turnbull are holding an exhibition of furniture designed by Gordon Russell at their London gallery, 22 Connaught Street, W2 2AF.   Open from 10.30am to 5pm weekdays and 12 noon to 4pm on Saturdays. For more information and an invitation to the private view email london@lyonandturnbull.com see Lyon and Turnbull website
Exhibition     Gordon Russell: Designer & Maker
23 September to 6 October 2018

Edinburgh based auction house Lyon & Turnbull are holding an exhibition of furniture designed by Gordon Russell at their London gallery, 22 Connaught Street, W2 2AF.   Open from 10.30am to 5pm weekdays and 12 noon to 4pm on Saturdays. For more information and an invitation to the private view email london@lyonandturnbull.com see

Exhibition     Gordon Russell: Designer & Maker
23 September to 6 October 2018

Edinburgh based auction house Lyon & Turnbull are holding an exhibitio

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BBC Antiques Road Trip comes to the Gordon Russell Design Museum

Posted on: 3rd September 2018

Auctioneer and television personality Christina Trevanion’s visit to the Museum as part of her BBC Antiques Road Trip will be broadcast on Friday 7th September (here).    She learns about Gordon Russell’s designs from Jeremy Myerson, academic, author and activist for design that improves the quality of life.   His book, Gordon Russell: Designer of Furniture 1892-1992 is on sale in the museum shop.

Auctioneer and television personality Christina Trevanion’s visit to the Museum as part of her BBC Antiques Road Trip will be broadcast on Friday 7th September (here).    She learns about Gordon Russell’s designs from Jeremy Myerson, academic, author and activist for design that improves the quality of life.   His book, Gordon Russell: Designer of Furniture 1892-1992 is on sale in the museum shop.

Auctioneer and television personality Christina Trevanion’s visit to the Museum as part of her BBC Antiques Road Trip will be broadcast on Friday 7th September (FIND OUT MORE

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Gordon Russell Prize for Innovation and Design 2018

Posted on: 30th July 2018

The 2018 Gordon Russell Prize for Innovation and Design was unanimously awarded to Roland Smith of the Peter Sefton Furniture School during the school’s open day on 14th July.  Former GR Chairman Richard Paice, who made the award described the quality of work as amazing and he was pleased to see so many supporters of the school, together with furniture makers looking for new talent to take on as apprentices, at this event.  This prize winning design will go on display at the Gordon Russell Design Museum in October 2018.  See here for Peter Sefton Furniture School

Roland Smith

The 2018 Gordon Russell Prize for Innovation and Design was unanimously awarded to Roland Smith of the Peter Sefton Furniture School during the school’s open day on 14th July.  Former GR Chairman Richard Paice, who made the award described the quality of work as amazing and he was pleased to see so many supporters of the school, together with furniture makers looking for new talent to take on as apprentices, at this event.  This prize winning design will go on display at the Gordon Russell Design Museum in October 2018.  See here for Pet

The 2018 Gordon Russell Prize for Innovation and Design was unanimously awarded to Roland Smith of the Peter Sefton Furniture School during the school’s open day on 14th July.  Former GR Chairman Ric

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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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