Gordon Russell Design Museum

Exterior of Gordon Russell Design Museum
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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, from Arts and Crafts to Modernism and beyond, accompanied by a changing programme of exhibitions and events. The museum shop brings the story up to the present day, showcasing the work of contemporary designer-makers.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

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.

Admission charges

Adults £5.00
Children under 16 £1.00
Children under 12 Free (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)


  • National Art Pass

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.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Social History, Industry, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Furniture
  • Lygon Arms
  • Murphy Radio
  • Gordon Russell
  • Dick Russell
  • Marian Pepler

Gordon Russell Design Museum
15 Russell Square
WR12 7AP







01386 854695

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