Gordon Russell Design Museum
The Museum, located in the original grade II listed workshop, celebrates the work of the renowned 20th century furniture designer, Sir Gordon Russell MC, and that of his Company over a period of sixty years in Broadway, Worcestershire.
Following Sir Gordon's experiences during the First World War, he returned determined to create work of lasting quality for future generations. Throughout his life he was greatly influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement, but also recognised the role the machine could play, given it was properly managed, in reaching wider markets.
Over the years, the firm he founded grew to employ over 200 highly skilled craftsmen in the Broadway workshops. Sir Gordon went on to become engaged in a National role as chairman of the design panel controlling the Unility Furniture programme throughout the 2nd World War. Subsequently he played a major part in the The Festival of Britain 1951 Exhibition before being appointed the director of the Design Council, promoting British Industry and Design worldwide.
The firm became recognised both nationally and internationally as a major contributor to 20th century design.
The Museum features:
* 1,000 of Sir Gordon's original design drawings, including furniture, metalwork & glassware.
* 1,000 photographs, design notebooks & catalogues covering the history of the Company.
* A unique collection of furniture embracing the Arts & Crafts, machine production, 30's modernism, radio cabinet production, domestic & contract furniture spanning in all 60 years.
* Filmed interviews with Sir Gordon & others who worked as designers & craftsmen.
* The individual work of the many designers who worked 'in house' or as consultants.
* A wide ranging education programme aimed at primary & secondary schools & colleges.
* Facilities for `in depth` research by students, scholars, and those with specialised interests.
Nov.- Feb. 11am - 4pm Tues. to Sun.
Mar.- Oct. 11am - 5pm Tues. to Sun.
Closed every Mon. (except Bank Holidays).
Closed during January.
(open for group bookings by arrangement).
Admission Charges: Adults - £5.00
Concessions - £4.50 & Children under 16 - £1.00
Children under 12 free, but must be accompanied by an adult.