We welcome visits by groups and individuals to study the Collection. We provide workshops and curator-led tours. We partner with universities, colleges and secondary schools. We also have study rooms, which are available for hire. For Ken Stradling MBE, an appreciation of design should be an integral part of everyone’s education. “Learning to look” he said, “can be just as creative as making.”
Ken Stradling created the Trust because he wanted to share his collection of domestic ware for everyone to appreciate the value of good design. The Stradling Collection offers access to this nationally important collection of C20th and C21th domestic design artefacts so that participants can appreciate the many decisions a maker has made to produce an item, from the inspiration to the materials and production.
Our learning programme inspires designers and makers by extending their learning through exploration and examination of the objects in detail. It was Ken’s belief that to fully appreciate an object you have to touch it, to hold it, to feel the weight and texture.