Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway
Summary:The work of Sir Gordon Russell, one of the 20th Century's most influential furniture designers, is celebrated in a museum that opened in 2008 in his firm's original workshop in the lovely Cotswold village of Broadway.
Sir Gordon Russell was a renowned 20th Century furniture designer, craftsman, entrepreneur, educator and champion of accessible, well crafted design who influenced furniture design worldwide.
Schooled in the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Cotswolds, Sir Gordon believed that good design has a lasting impact on people’s lives. At one point his manufacturing business, based in the Cotswold village of Broadway, employed more than 200 people locally.
Sir Gordon died in 1980, aged 88, but in 2008, the Gordon Russell Design Museum opened in his firm's original Grade II listed workshop, which celebrates the work of Sir Gordon and that of his company over a 60-year period in Broadway. Its unique collection of furniture embraces a range of styles spanning this rich period of design.
The museum is run by a Gordon Russell Trust whose trustees include Gordon Russell’s daughter and grandson. It is staffed by a couple of part-time employees and a dedicated team of volunteer stewards including ex-Gordon Russell Ltd craftsmen, cabinet makers and managers.
The museum has visits from many schools as part of the secondary Design and Technology syllabus and welcomes a local primary school for the annual ‘take over’ day in November.
It also plays host to a variety of mini-exhibitions and lectures open to the public exploring the many different facets of design.
Russell Square, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7AP