Uncover the extraordinary stories behind one of England’s largest and finest collections of porcelain at The Museum of Royal Worcester…
For decades, visitors have been captivated by the engaging nature of the Museum. Even for people who have no particular interest in ceramics, the experience has proved, time and time again, to be an enjoyable exploration into a fascinating subject.
When the first piece of Royal Worcester porcelain was crafted, the landscape was very different. George II sat on the British throne; liquid mercury was the medicine of choice; and the United States were still decades away from declaring their independence.
It is a miracle, then, that not only has one of England’s oldest porcelain brands continued operations to the modern day, with new designs being issued since 1751, but that thousands of beautiful pieces have survived across hundreds of years.
Both that passion for stunning ceramic art and a beautiful collection from Royal Worcester’s historical catalogue are on ready display at the Museum of Royal Worcester, fittingly located in the heart of the town which gave its name to the legendary brand.
Explore the world’s largest collection of Royal Worcester porcelain
The Museum’s galleries are home to more than 10,000 ceramic objects, including some of the earliest porcelain made in England.
Each piece of porcelain has been lovingly hand-crafted by dedicated workers and talented artists, and their stories – along with those of the customers who bought their work – are at the centre of the journey that can be found at the Museum.
The collection is composed of three permanent galleries divided into Georgian, Victorian, and modern-day porcelain, and contain examples of Royal Worcester from each era, with examples of how an evolving society and emerging technology changed what people needed from the brand.
“Surprising & delightful, well worth a visit” – a visitor discovers a whole new world
Interactive exhibits, family explorer trails, audio tours, have-a-go sessions, and stunning exhibitions combine to breathe new life into the collection.
250 years of social, food, and design history is on display, that connects Worcester with the world, including pieces of significant historical note, such as Admiral Lord Nelson’s personal breakfast teapot!
Brush up on your art skills and make something to be proud of
If you’re particularly inspired by your visit, have a go at painting your very own pottery work of art.
Perfect for younger visitors and those who are young at heart, the new Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio offers guests the chance to craft their own chapter in the history of Royal Worcester.
Choose from simple and practical shapes, like plates, bowls, and mugs, or go pick something more ambitious such as an animal figurine or a money-bank!
Your design will then be glazed and fired, ready for you to collect and take home, or it can even be safely mailed to you for a small charge.
The studio is the perfect activity for school holidays – why not come on down and paint your own egg cup in time for Easter?
The exciting Showstopper Trail is a new addition for 2022 and offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Museum’s extensive archive.
Visitors will discover rarely-seen and extraordinary objects from the collection as they follow the Trail and explore the Museum – or follow the Trail online.
A total of 22 significant objects have been carefully selected by curators for their beauty, unique nature, or historical value, and are sure to delight and inspire.
The Museum of Royal Worcester regularly welcomes visiting groups from schools and clubs. Exclusive bespoke activities are available for groups and can be arranged over a chat with one of the Museum’s curators.
Themed workshops, classroom resources, refreshments, educational talks, personal tours, behind-the-scenes looks, live demonstrations and more, are available as both full-day and half-day visits.
Museum staff are happy to tailor the experience to each group’s requirements and interests, and to offer special discounted rates for larger groups.
A venue with class, style, and elegance
The history of the Museum, combined with its stunning spaces and accessible location, make it a fantastic option for a variety of events and get-togethers.
The splendid Victorian Gallery and multi-purpose exhibition hall have hosted corporate meetings, conferences, wedding receptions, private dining events, and more, and the Museum team are on-hand to discuss requirements.
Severn St, Worcester WR1 2ND
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