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The Ken Stradling Collection

Stradling Gallery

Design Study Centre

48 Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LH, UK

(+44)117  3290566


Gallery Opening Hours

Wednesday 11.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday (during exhibitions)

11.00am – 4.00pm

Contact us to arrange visits

or tours at other times.

Registered Charity no. 1117689


Welcome to the Ken Stradling Collection

STOP PRESS 18 March 2020. In response to the Coronavirus epidemic and in line with other museums and galleries, we are sorry to announce that the Collection and the Stradling Gallery will be closed until further notice. 

In 1948 Ken Stradling joined the Bristol Guild of Applied Arts and set out to find and to sell new and innovative furnishings and objects for West Country homes. At the same time, and incidental to his growing reputation as a patron of contemporary design, Ken began his own, very personal collection of 20th and 21st-century objects including furniture, glass and especially ceramics; joining commercial with studio, designer with maker.

In keeping with Ken’s aim to present and promote good design, the Collection is administered by the Ken Stradling Trust and accessible to the public in our building at 48 Park Row, Bristol. On the ground floor is the Stradling Gallery where you can view regularly changing exhibitions exploring the Collection itself and related subjects. It is open to the public on Wednesdays and during exhibitions, on Saturdays too. The wider Collection is housed across a further three floors and visits can be arranged by appointment (see  Visit page).

48 Park Row is also home to the Design Study Centre, an accessible, hands-on resource of objects and documentary material for students, practitioners and anyone with an interest in design, with developing links to universities and art schools across the country.

You can view 60 of the most important items from the Collection on this website. Visit the Ken Stradling Collection blog for news, views and discussion.

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