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.

We are a charity and 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.

Current exhibition


Scandinavian design from the Stradling Collection 24 February - 20 July 2024 Opening hours Wednesdays: 13:00-16:00hrs by appointment (please use contact form and allow at least a week, emails are received and read[...]


Bristol Guild closure

It is with enormous regret that we acknowledge the closing of our neighbour the Bristol Guild on 30 May 2024 after 116 years of trading. Its impact has been explored in this BBC news[...]

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.


Trustee David Beech, our Learning Programme Leader, with local pupils

Bring your students to the Stradling Collection

We welcome visits by groups and individuals to study the collection. We provide workshops and curator-led tours.

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


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