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

Current exhibition


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-led tours of the Collection

Photo: Stradling Collection glass

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
The Stradling Collection is at The Stradling Collection.5 days ago
The Stradling Collection
Everybody’s favourites: Marcel Breuer’s desk made by P.E. Gane Ltd in 1936 and Breuer’s WB-31 chair made by Embru 1933 are on the new plinth!

This has been made by our dear friend @jeremycornwellfurniture with floating legs to compensate for 7cm floor angle between one side and another.





Seminar success at Arnolfini

Marketing Design and Craft in Post-War Britain On Saturday 5 March, speakers from Newcastle, Brighton, Farnham and Cambridge came to Arnolfini on Saturday to celebrate Ken Stradling's extraordinary talent in his 100th year and [...]

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