Comparisons between Kettle's Yard in Cambridge and Ken Stradling's collection have been made, and there certainly is a charm to both collections because of their being sited in household situations. Although Ken's 'house' is much smaller than Kettle's Yard, being able to handle the objects, mostly linked to food preparation, eating and drinking, and meeting Ken and talking about his collection was very special.
It is possible to visit without appointment on Wednesdays, or gather together a group of 10 or 12 together and visit by arrangement, more information on the website: http://stradlingcollection.org/
Listening to Ken Stradling talking about buying objects he liked from when he worked at the Bristol Guild made buying objects one likes seem quite acceptable rather than an extravagance. When he talked about the things he's bought, he obviously still really enjoys looking at them.
After an initial opening talk, we started looking in the cellar where certain things are stored so they can be rotated:
Clevedon Court pottery.
Below a Poole pottery Coronation mug
Monnow Valley Arts in Hereford