Coalport China Museum

High Street, Coalport, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7HT
34 Coalport High Street Coalport England TF8 7HT GB

The Coalport China Museum occupies the site of the original Coalport China Works alongside the River Severn, Shropshire, which closed in 1926. Today you will find the listed buildings filled with the finest examples of the factory’s work including the National Collections of Caughley and Coalport China.

John Rose established a china factory at Coalport in 1796 having worked for a time at the nearby Caughley works and across the river in Jackfield. In its heyday, Coalport won many gold medals and prizes for its work at international exhibitions, including the 1851 Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park. These successes are reflected in the works of art on display at the Coalport China Museum, which include pieces made specifically for exhibitions, coronations and visits by foreign heads of state, along-side table and decorative wares.

Today visitors to Coalport China Museum can see demonstrations of some of the processes which were used to make fine china and learn about the lifestyle and hardships endured by the works’ employees during that period. There is even a reconstructed kiln or updraught bottle oven, demonstrating how the china was fired in earthenware containers called saggars.

Children are made very welcome at the museum, where a special gallery and play area has been especially designed for them. On many days during school holidays, families can join drop-in workshops and try their hand at a range of ceramic, hands-on activities such as clay modelling or china painting.

Location Details: The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).

Opening Times: 7 Days a week: 10:00an – 5:00pm

Photo Credits: © Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

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