Jackfield Tile Museum

Inside the Design Gallery
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The village of Jackfield was once the world centre of the tile industry, and Jackfield Tile Museum set in an immense Victorian factory, celebrates the decorative tiles that once graced the Empire. Room after room is filled with beautiful displays and room settings such as the pub, the tube station and the butchers. On certain days, you can watch staff from the Craven Dunnill Company manufacture tiles or even create your own at regularly held workshops.

At the adjacent 'Fusion' see contemporary Designers and Makers in action. You can also hire a bike from here to explore the area the 'green' way.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 10am-5pm

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

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • English Heritage
Getting there

The Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford town centre in Shropshire. Take junction 4 or junction 6 off the M54. Follow brown and white signs to Ironbridge Gorge.

For Jackfield Tile Museum follow signs for Ironbridge Museums.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Museum has an impressive collection of over 23,000 nineteenth-century decorative tiles, with examples from most of the major Victorian factories in this country. The educational significance of the collection is greatly augmented by housing and displaying it in the most complete surviving Victorian decorative tile factory.

The Jackfield Tile Museum also houses a large collection of plaster moulds and patterns, which the Museum believes is already pre-eminent and of national status. In the 1880s Maw and Co. ran the largest tile factory in the world and had an international reputation. Consequently the plaster mould and pattern collection is a unique library of designs of one of the largest 19th century producers of decorative tiles, architectural faience and terracotta.

Collection details

Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Tile and Architectural Ceramics Plaster Collection
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Anglo-Japanese Tile Design

Civilised Taste - Jackfield Tile 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard admission rates apply

Website

https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/plan/ticket-prices/#single-attractions

Getting there

The Ironbridge Gorge is on the River Severn, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford town centre in Shropshire. Take junction 4 or junction 6 off the M54. Follow brown and white signs to Ironbridge Gorge.

For Jackfield Tile Museum follow signs for Ironbridge Museums.

Jackfield Tile Museum
Salthouse Road
Jackfield
Telford
Shropshire
TF8 7LJ
England

Website

http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/our_attractions/jackfield_tile_museum/

E-mail

Visitor Information Centre

tic@ironbridge.org.uk

Telephone

Visitor Information Centre

01952 433 424

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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