2019 Lecture Series: The History of Gordon Russell Design

2019-10-23T12:03:04+00:00October 23rd, 2019|

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 [...]

Broadway Artist Colony Room: An insight into fascinating artistic lives

2018-12-12T14:15:43+00:00December 12th, 2018|

Towards the end of the 19th century and into the early 20th century Broadway played host to an artist colony. These artists, who were mainly American, were attracted to the village by its idyllic rural nature. Literary and artistic friends joined them for long stays in Broadway and many lodged in the Lygon Arms. The [...]

Steam railway merchandise now for sale in the museum shop

2018-11-19T15:45:51+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Trains made a welcome return to Broadway this year and to mark this event our museum shop is now selling steam railway merchandise. Mugs and calendars are among the items for sale featuring the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. Public train services returned to Broadway on Good Friday (30th March) this year after an absence of [...]

Cotswolds Christmas

2017-06-13T15:36:14+00:00December 6th, 2016|

A Cotswold Christmas Notes from A Cotswold Christmas by John Hudson (1988) Our volunteers have been reading a wonderful festive book, while welcoming visitors to the shop. We thought we would share with you some of their favourite bits about Christmases of old in the Cotswolds. Even as late as 1913 the butcher [...]

Talk provides insight into Griggs’ vision of England

2017-06-13T15:46:59+00:00June 22nd, 2016|

Katherine Wodehouse Printroom Supervisor at the Ashmolean Museum provided a great insight into the life, motivations and art of Frederick Landseer Griggs at a recent talk (17th June)  at the Ashmolean Museum Broadway. As well as his artwork the Ashmolean Museum holds a large amount of archival material in its collection. One of the most valuable [...]

How long would it take to get to London?

2017-06-13T15:48:27+00:00June 15th, 2016|

We had a really good question today from one of our visitors: "How long would it take to get to London?" So a little maths later we had something of an answer.... but if anyone has any better information please do let us know. Apparently a horse pulling a carriage can travel at 5-8 miles [...]

Who was F.L. Griggs?

2017-06-13T15:49:59+00:00June 15th, 2016|

The current exhibition at Ashmolean Museum Broadway is etchings, watercolours and drawings by F.L. Griggs.  But who is he? And what is his local connection? Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs was born in 1876 in Hitchin and lived until 1938.  He was an etcher, draughtsman and illustrator, who trained as an architect, and moved to nearby Chipping [...]