Gordon Russell Design Museum
15 Russell Square
The Gordon Russell Museum is housed in the Grade-II-listed workshop used by Russell and his furniture company in Broadway, Worcestershire between 1920 and 2000. It charts the work, lives and success of the company throughout the 20th century and displays a unique collection of furniture, decorative art and archival material.
“The furniture was cutting edge in its day and was a leading force within the Arts and Crafts movement and it’s vital that we protect it and celebrate the story of its success,” HLF regional manager Anne Jenkins.
Sir Gordon Russell (1892-1980) became internationally recognised for his contribution to design and craftsmanship. His work combined a flair for design with functionality. He was a major contributor to the design of mass produced utility furniture during the Second World War and his brother, Dick Russell, designed cabinets for Murphy Radio between 1930 - 1952, saving the company from the Great Depression.
The museum is open
March - October 11.00-17.00 Tuesday to Sunday
November, December, and February 11.00-16.00 Tuesday to Sunday
Also open Bank Holiday Mondays
The museum is closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays), and throughout January.
Adults £4.00 Concessions £3.50
Children under 16 £1.00 (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
As well as a collection of furniture, the Trust has about a thousand drawings, original catalogues and a complete photographic record of furniture made by the company up to 1988 including Murphy Radio cabinets designed by Dick Russell in the 1930s. The collections also include products designed in collaboration with the company, including rugs by Marian Pepler. Also held is material relating to the Lygon Arms in Broadway, bought by Gordon Russell's father in 1904, behind which the factory was built. The museum is housed within one of the original factory workshops.
Trade and Commerce, Social History, Industry, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Arts and Crafts
- Lygon Arms
- Murphy Radio
- Gordon Russell
- Dick Russell
- Marian Pepler