Help us inspire current and future makers

Charitable Trust

The Stradling Collection is a charitable Trust. We are entirely reliant on support from charitable organisations, including the The Gane Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund as well as individuals who support us as Friends and Patrons. Until his death, aged 100, we were also supported by Chair of the Trust, Ken Stradling MBE.

How you can get involved

If you would like to support us to help us deliver our programme of engagement and learning, you can volunteer with us to have a closer connection with the Collection, or become a Friend and have the opportunity to attend exclusive design-related events and private views. For an even closer involvement, we welcome those who join us as a Patron.

How your involvement helps

Ken’s vision was that the Collection should to inspire future generations of makers, collectors and designers. Your contribution enables us to curate exhibitions, improve visitor facilities, conserve the collection and develop our learning and events programme.


Donate online to help secure the future of the Collection and our lively learning programme for schools, colleges and universities across Wales and the South West.


As of 16 April 2024 we are seeking a talented and experienced person for a new role as Director of the Stradling Collection. The successful candidate will oversee and lead our 3-year growth plan and establish the Collection as a leading voice in our creative, education and academic communities.


Join this friendly, design-oriented group of people who support the Stradling Collection. As an independent charity their commitment helps our development towards sustainability and our ability to engage with an increasingly wide audience.

Friends of the Stradling Collection pay a yearly subscription of:
Individuals – £30; Couples – £45.

  • Regular newsletter about the activities of the Stradling Collection
  • Free entry to ticketed events
  • Private views for Friends before exhibitions open to the public
  • 10% off Ken Stradling Collection merchandise
  • Exclusive events for Friends
  • Entry into a draw to win an annual prize of a Curator’s tour for two.


All our exhibitions are stewarded by a dedicated cohort of volunteers. Without them we could not bring this amazing Collection to all our visitors who come not just from Bristol but from all over the world.

Volunteering with us is a lovely way to meet people, get up close and personal with fine examples of craft and design – and to help bring Ken Stradling’s amazing Collection to a wider audience.

We also have other occasional opportunities to help us behind the scenes.

“Being a volunteer at the Stradling Collection gives me a chance to support this inspiring collection and help it to be appreciated by the many visitors.”


£500 per annum

Our Patrons Group was launched in 2015 to provide vital financial support. Each Patron has pledged to contribute £500 or more for three consecutive years. As an independent charity with no public funding this enables us to continue to develop and provide inspiration for the makers of tomorrow.

Please contact us to discuss becoming a Patron.


  • A welcome bag including a copy of the Incidental Collector plus other goodies
  • Priority booking for talks and events
  • Invitation to the Collection
  • Annual visits to other collections, artist’s studios or museums
  • Private views
  • Regular updates about events at the Collection.

“Ken Stradling is a collector with an open mind and personal eye; his collection is open to all of us to see – and even handle.”

Margaret Howell, Patron


Subscribe to receive occasional emails from us.

Our emails contain news of our exhibitions, events, learning programme, special offers for Friends and more.

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