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Join curator and author Mary Greensted as she explores the remarkable story of four women who shaped Rodmarton Manor.

It was Margaret Biddulph who, with her husband Claud, conceived the character of Rodmarton Manor from its inception in 1909. It was to be a centre for the community, promoting the crafts and encouraging local artistic and creative talents. Margaret Biddulph presided over the house and garden. Hilda Benjamin, Louise Powell and Eve Simmonds were among a number of women who contributed to the rich, decorative work at the house.

Mary Greensted is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer who specialises in the Arts and Crafts movement. In her former role as Keeper of Museums at the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, she was responsible for Cheltenham’s award-winning arts & crafts collection. She was also Chairman of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen from 2009-18 and is an active trustee at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden.

Mary has published a number of books including most recently Ernest Gimson: Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect written with Annette Carruthers and Barley Roscoe.

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Gordon Russell Design Museum

15 Russell Square, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7AP

01386 854695


Opening times

Our opening hours will be Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Tickets are available to book online in advance at Although pre-booked tickets are not mandatory, it is helpful to book in advance so that we can continue to manage the number of people in the museum at one time and to avoid disappointment as our opening hours are subject to change as we are reliant on volunteers to staff the Museum.

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