Visiting the museum
The museum nestles amidst Victorian factory buildings in the heart of historic Worcester, within easy walking distance of the River Severn, the Cathedral, Royal Worcester and the City centre.
The collections date back to 1751 when shapes and patterns were copied from the Far East for use in the homes of the very rich.
The exquisite display on the right shows an eighteenth century furnished room with a long case clock and table laid for dessert. A fine trio of hexagonal vases feature on the mantle piece in what would have been a gentleman's home.
In contrast the Victorian gallery is decked with deep colours, extravagant exhibition pieces and works of breathtaking craftsmanship. Here we can see how travel influenced design and how with the onslaught of the Industrial Revolution more people could afford to buy fine works.
The journey ends in the twentieth century where as well as producing bespoke services, commissioned by some of the factory's private customers, changing lifestyles and the advent of freezers and microwaves demanded a new range of products.
Henry Sandon and Lars Tharp have joined forces with a number of renowned craftsmen to bring the story of Worcester Porcelain to life in a new audio tour. This together with the fascinating facts trail combines to set the historical backdrop and tell us about the technical achievements, the workers who made and decorated the porcelain and the customers who bought it.
The Worcester Porcelain Museum is fully accessible and offers a visit of interest to people of all ages and interests.
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