Terence Conran inaugurates Gordon Russell museum

Sir Terence Conran will today inaugurate Worcestershire’s first dedicated design museum, The Gordon Russell Museum.

Conran is expected to discuss Russell’s influence on British design in his opening speech.

The museum, established by the Gordon Russell Trust, with the help of the National Lottery Fund, will showcase Russell’s original design drawings, furniture, metalwork and glassware, as well as photographs, design notebooks and catalogues covering the entire history of his company.

Digital consultancy SSL, which has previously worked with the National Gallery and the British Museum, has created a website and interactive displays for the museum, in conjunction with Art of Memory.

Webb & Webb has crafted a series of brochures and promotional literature, while designers Robin Wade and David McCabe have created permanent exhibition displays.

Architect Reg Ellis & Associates has developed the building, located in the former headquarters of the Gordon Russell Company in Broadway.

Russell, who died in 1980, held a national role as chairman of the design panel overseeing the Utility Furniture Programme throughout World War II.

He helped organise the Festival of Britain in 1951, before establishing and becoming director of the first incarnation of the Design Council, the Council of Industrial Design.

For further details, see www.gordonrussellmuseum.org.

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