Bristol gallery of craft and design

The Stradling Collection is a remarkable collection of C20th and C21st design and applied arts. It contains almost 2000 pieces of ceramics, glass, furniture and decorative objects.

The gallery features changing displays from the Collection, or artworks created through our learning programme; sometimes our exhibitions feature both.

There is no charge but donations are very welcome. View opening hours and visitor information.

To see the full collection, we offer curator-led tours which are chargeable and need to be booked in advance as space is limited and tours book up quickly.

About Ken Stradling MBE

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We are seeking people who have an appetite for volunteering their skills and experience to contribute to developing a new, sustainable business model. The Ken Stradling Collection Trust is seeking a new Chair and additional Trustees to help it shape its vision for the future. 

We have ambitious plans to re-invigorate our offer, particularly: focusing on sharing the collection with wider audiences; providing more creative learning opportunities for children, young people and students; considering the future needs of the building and storage of the collection and forming partnerships with other arts organisations and academic institutions.

Have you got what it takes to be a Trustee?


This extraordinary collection grew out of retail buying for a design shop – the Bristol Guild of Applied Art. The link is the home and the things we use and enjoy in it, from furniture to contemporary glass and ceramics. Explore our selection of sample pieces.


Curator’s tours of the Collection

Photo: four pieces of glass from the Stradling Collection

Beautiful objects, fascinating stories

One of the features of the Stradling Collection is the stories about the objects, the makers, the building and Bristol’s place in craft and design history, all vividly brought to life by our curator, Tanya Martin.



We welcome visits by groups and individuals to study the collection. We provide workshops and curator-led tours. We also have study rooms available for teachers to hire.

In partnership with universities, colleges and secondary schools, we offer hands-on activities for students as well as work experience opportunities.



The Stradling Collection
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The Stradling Collection
How are you sitting?

It is time we announce our next exhibition SITTING PRETTY - a tribute to the chair, the most iconic object of design and the object of desire for many of us.




Falling in love with design

Ken Stradling and the Bristol GuildLecture in person at M Shed and online13 October 2022, 19:30—21:00Ken Stradling MBE was the Bristol Guild, an absolute treasure house of design and craft which he created single-handedly in Park Street and [...]

Photo: images of items from the Stradling Collection
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