Ray Leigh Design Award Event

On a warm and sunny evening in September 2023, the Gordon Russell Design Museum opened its doors to a delightful gathering of friends celebrated with a glass of Pimms, setting the stage for a casual yet memorable evening. The highlight of the evening was the welcome extended to the finalists of the Ray Leigh Design Award. These talented designers and craftsmen came from Rycotewood Furniture College in Oxford, along with their inspiring instructors, Josh Hudson and Drew Pritchard. This informal gathering provided the perfect occasion to discuss ways to strengthen the museum’s support for emerging design and furniture-making talent throughout the UK. Guests had the opportunity to explore the museum’s latest additions to its shop, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. The finalist designs were available for purchase, both in-store and online. These included elegant headphone stands by Josh Garbutt, artfully crafted guitar stands by Krav Metcalfe, inventive gnocchi paddles designed by Sam Webster, exquisite leather trinket boxes by Yuchen Liu, and pen boxes made from various native woods by the overall winner, Thom O’Nions. Purchasing these items not only supports these emerging talents but also aids the museum in its ongoing mission to promote exceptional design. You can delve deeper into the stories behind each design in a small exhibition on the second floor of the Gordon Russell Design Museum.

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Design history talks archive

Special offer! Support the Museum by purchasing a special pass which allows access to a selection of recorded talks on a wide range of subjects. Available to view as many times as you wish until 30 April 2024, the talks included in this offer are as follows:

  • Sybil and Cyril: Cutting Through Time by Jenny Uglow
  • The Gothic Revival and the Development of the Arts and Crafts Movementby Megan Aldrich
  • The multiple burials of John Baskerville, printer, (1707-75) by Caroline Archer
  • Percy Cane: Arts and Crafts Garden Designer by Jill Sinclair
  • Art Deco Tiles 1918-1940 by Hans van Lemmen
  • Marianne Straub: A Designer’s Designer by Mary Schoeser
  • 1000 years of history: Medieval Cathedrals as Time Machines by Jon Cannon
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement in Cotswold Churches by Kirsty Hartsiotis
  • Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain by Magnus Englund and Leyla Daybelge

  Ticket price: £10 to include access to all of the talks listed above

Select any available date as the ticket date when booking – you will receive instant access to the talks via a link with your booking confirmation

For full details of the individual talks included in this offer, please download: Design History Archive of talks – spring 2023 All talks were organised as part of the Friends of the Gordon Russell Design Museum‘s 2021-22 programme

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