Image: Sir Gordon Russell.

One of the recent, well attended talks at the Museum, as part of the NFU series, was that of Martin Blakeman, former Master Craftsman for Gordon Russell Ltd and current volunteer at Gordon Russell Design Museum.

He took his audience through the organic growth of the Gordon Russell Design business, its expansion, its role during the Second World War and post war modernism.  A constant theme was the dedication, craftsmanship and skill of the factory’s workforce. In addition to Martin’s references to each stage of development and examples of designs which were fascinating, were the personal stories of his colleagues that he so vividly brought to life.

A new exhibition is opening soon at the museum which focuses on the history of Broadway during the 20th century. Among the exhibits are rare items of Gordon Russell furniture from the 1920s, loaned from the Gordon Russell Design Museum.

The next lecture in the series, The Cotswold Way: 100 Miles of History, will be presented by Dr Steven Blake on Thursday, 21st November, starting at 7pm. The cost is £10 (£9 for Museum Friends and Benefactors), including a glass of wine. Visit the museum, phone 01386 859047 or email to book your place.