Gordon Russell Design Museum

Gordon Russell Design Museum

Gordon Russell Design Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The museum celebrates the life and work of renowned furniture designer Sir Gordon Russell and his company. Schooled in the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds, Gordon Russell believed that the hand crafted tradition of British cabinet making could be fused with the possibilities of the machine, making good design accessible to all. From the workshops in the village of Broadway, which now houses the museum, the company gained an international reputation and had a profound influence on British industry, design and education. The displays cover a rich period of 20th century design, spanning Arts and Crafts cabinetmaking, modernism, early radio and television design, the wartime Utility Furniture Scheme, the Festival of Britain, and beyond. The museum shop brings the story up to the present day, showcasing the work of contemporary designer-makers. Please visit our website for up to date opening hours.
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Mike B
15 contributions
Sep 2022
Unlike most museums, we were invited to open drawers and generally handle the furniture on show. The film answered most of our questions and explained the early history perfectly.
The lady on duty took time to answer our questions and expanded our knowledge of the Russell family
Very few furniture companies like this exist today, that are design driven.
Written 23 September 2022
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Jerry C
Alresford, UK77 contributions
Sep 2022
Really fascinating little museum. Only small but is comprehensive and staff are enthusiastic. It gives an excellent overview of his background and life and contains lots of examples of his work. Really top class museum.
Written 12 September 2022
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carol
Wrexham, UK1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Couples
From the moment we stepped through the doors to leaving the whole experience was fabulous. Reception was great and very informative
Written 2 September 2022
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louiseholistic
Penarth, UK851 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a fabulous museum, dedicated to a designer I feel ashamed never to have heard of as his designs are stunning. The museum is housed in one of his original Broadway workshops and is very hands-on, with visitors able to,open drawers and cupboards to fully appreciate the top level of craftsmanship used to create such fabulous pieces of furniture. My £5 entry ticket is valid for a year following purchase so I look forward to returning later in the year when I’ll have more time to spend admiring the pieces and learning more about this incredibly talented local man. The staff on duty today were very pleasant and informative, and the shop stocked some very tempting gifts and artefacts. Well worth a visit.
Written 12 July 2022
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elfriedahaley
Leeds, UK14 contributions
May 2022
Well laid out small museum with nice gift shop. Entrance fee £5. Knowledgeable staff. Organised in chronological order lots of examples of Gordon Russel desired and manufactured furniture.
Written 8 May 2022
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MRiche
5 contributions
Aug 2021
What a gem in the Cotswolds. If you have any interest in design, don't miss it. The very knowledgeable guide explained many pieces of furniture to us, and showed us details you'd never get to look at anywhere else. I knew about Gordon Russell but not this museum, so it was a pleasant surprise. Fascinating life and work and what a huge impact he had on British design. It will only take an hour of your time, but you will be richly rewarded.
Written 15 August 2021
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Jonny C
Walthamstow, UK90 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Situated just behind the main road on Broadway, the museum is an interesting gem and must-see if you’re visiting the area or are into design. The volunteers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and clearly have Gordon Russell close to their hearts. Its history is inherently linked to the history of the local area, especially the nearby Lygon Arms.
Written 6 August 2021
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jus2neluke
Manchester, UK149 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a superb museum if you are into design. The history of the Arts and Crafts movement is well presented and documented here.
Written 20 June 2021
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G J
1 contribution
May 2021
Really excellent small but perfectly formed museum. A fascinating story, great pieces, expert guides and doable in half an hour. If you are at all interested in British 20th century cultural history, craft in carpentry and industry, mid century furniture, art and design - it is a must see when you are in the area. Time very well spent.
Written 1 June 2021
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Crispie21
Market Drayton, UK64 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Came across this place next to Tourist Information really interesting about Gordon Russell and the furniture designs
Lovely lady on reception who gave us a detailed insight of the family and what the brought to Broadway including The Lygon Arms Hotel
Written 17 September 2020
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM