• Photo: objects from the Stradling Collection
  • Photo: objects from the Stradling Collection
  • Photo: objects from the Stradling Collection
  • Photo: objects from the Stradling Collection

Beautiful objects, fascinating stories

There are over 2,000 objects in the Stradling Collection including studio and commercial ceramics, glass, sculpture, furniture, industrial design as well as works of art. It is widely recognised as being of national significance and is a real gem in the South West. It is also eclectic and fun and most people who visit enjoy a few “Oooh – we had one of those!” moments.

The Collection holds many stories about its objects, the makers, 48 Park Row and Bristol’s place in the history of craft and design, all vividly brought to life by our Curator, Tanya Martin (pictured).

An architect and ceramicist herself, Tanya’s fascinating tours of the Collection are a real journey through the alchemy and magic of craft and design.

Forthcoming tour dates

  • Saturday 17 September 11:00-12:30
  • Saturday 22 October  11.00-12:30
  • Wednesday 02 November 17:30-19:00
  • Saturday 19 November 11:00-12:30
  • Wednesday 30 November 17:30-19:00
  • Saturday 10 December 11:00-12:30
  • Saturday 17 December 11:00-12:30

Please make a provisional booking via the booking enquiry form on this page as we need a minimum of four people to run a tour. We won’t request payment until a date has been agreed and confirmed.

Booking enquiry

Please ensure you have read the booking terms below before booking.

If you provide us with more than one date preference it helps us because if we don't have a minimum of four bookings on a given tour date we have to postpone or re-arrange your booking.
Photo: Tanya Martin, curator of the Stradling Collection

Booking terms and accessibility

  • Minimum number of bookings required to run a tour – 4
  • £15 per person: you will be sent a link for payment once the date and booking have been confirmed and agreed
  • After payment, places are non-refundable but may be transferred to a later date
  • You can turn up and pay on the door but tours may be full (or cancelled in exceptional circumstances) so we advise you to book in advance
  • Tours last approx. 1.5 hours
  • Unsuitable for wheelchair users and those unable to use stairs
  • Group bookings available by arrangement
  • Minimum charge for a tour – £60
  • Maximum number for a tour – 10