The Stradling Collection is unique in that it came out of the world of retailing post-war craft and design.
Ken Stradling MBE was buyer at the Bristol Guild from 1948, rising to become its Managing Director. During Ken’s incredible 60-year career at the Guild, he collected many of the items that he also sold. In reflecting the stock at the Guild, this collection shows how his unique vision helped shaped the tastes of shoppers at such an exciting and innovative era of design. The Guild became a design shop that introduced Bristolians to new and exciting ceramics, glass, furniture and decorative objects from makers in Britain, Europe, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
Ken is deeply committed to sharing his love of design. In 2006 he created a charitable trust and gave the Collection a permanent home at 48 Park Row, Bristol.
Today the Ken Stradling Collection Trust exists to care for the Collection and inspire and educate current and future makers, and make the Collection available to everyone to study and enjoy. Through his generosity and vision, the Stradling Collection remains a jewel in Bristol’s cultural crown.