Coalport China Museum

Coalport chimney
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 10- 5

Closed: 24 & 25 December and 01 January

Admission charges

Adults £8.10, 60 Plus £7.20 & Children £5.40

Annual Passport Ticket for all ten of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums allowing repeat visits all year - Adult £27.95, 60 Plus £21.50, Children £16.95, Family (2ads) £68.00 and Fam (1ad) £50.00


  • 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.

Collection details

Social History, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Caughley Collection
  • Coalport Collection
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Decorative pot

Civilised Taste - Coalport China Museum

  • 2 March — 21 December 2018 *on now

Find out how different civilisations influenced British design, decorative arts and the everyday ceramics that entered the domestic sphere in the 19th century. The impact of Japanese, Islamic and Eastern art and design will be explored as they became fashionable motifs used to decorate vases, tiles, cups, plates and furniture and how these designs were tailored for a Western market.

At Jackfield Tile Museum see tiles decorated with magnificent designs showing Anglo-Persian, Aesthetic and Chinese influences, whilst at Coalport China Museum you will be amazed by spectacular pieces along with day to day tableware that was made for the middle classes adorned with oriental scenes, Indian trees and Chinese dragons.

From 21 March – 21 December visit the School of Taste exhibition at the Coalbrookdale Gallery and find how different civilisations inspired the artists who were trained in the Coalbrookdale School Of Art along with the wider role that the School of Art had on educating the artists who worked in the different factories in the Ironbridge Gorge.

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Suitable for

  • Any age


Standard admission rate


Coalport China Museum
High Street



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