Coalport China Museum
Visitor Information Centre
Visitor Information Centre
01952 433 424
Coalport China Museum was home to the famous firm until 1926 and is filled with the finest examples of their work. The factory's unusual buildings contain colourful displays depicting a history of china-making, as well as demonstration workshops where, during school holidays, you'll be able to have a go yourself.
The Coalport China Manufactory was the largest works of its kind in the mid 19th century. Most of the former works still survive next to the River Severn, including substantial parts of the 1796 factory and 3 impressive bottle kilns. Within these restored buildings is housed the Museum’s unique collection of late 18th, 19th and 20th century Coalport china. The collection of approximately 4,000 pieces is the largest and most comprehensive anywhere and as such has an international standing.
The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.
Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Artist studio or collective
Daily 10- 5
Bank holiday Sun & Mons 10-6
Closed: 24 & 25 December and 01 January
Adults £7.60, 60 Plus £7.10 and Children £5.10
Annual Passport Ticket for all ten of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums allowing repeat visits all year - Adult £22.50, 60 Plus £18.25, Children £14.75 and Family £61.50 (2A & 3C)
- Museums Association
- International Council of Museums
- English Heritage
This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.
The Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of 18th century Caughley porcelain anywhere. The reference collection includes the pieces, several hundred sherds excavated at the factory site, and plaster moulds, together with a significant paper archive relating to the history and development of the factory and personnel associated with it.
The production of porcelain at Caughley began in 1772 when Thomas Turner, one of the pioneers of porcelain manufacture in this country, took over the works. The factory soon gained an international reputation for wares in imitation of the Chinese blue and white, French Chantilly sprig and Belgian rose. Such was the demand for quality porcelain throughout the country that a major new factory was established in 1796 at nearby Coalport.
Social History, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Caughley Collection
- Coalport Collection
- Designated Collection
Flower themed ceramic workshops
Join hands-on workshops at the Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge, Shropshire to make and decorate ceramics. Create your own unique work of art inspired by the floral designs on Coalport china
activities vary from day-to-day and carry an extra charge plus p&p to send home after firing.
Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the admission fee