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It was announced today that the Museum of Royal Worcester has received a confirmed grant of £1,282,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project ‘Celebrating 250 Years of Innovation, Industry and Craftsmanship’.

Royal Worcester- the oldest porcelain manufacturer in Britain- touched the lives of thousands of people in Worcester, from its formation in 1751 to its closure in 2008. The company exported to every corner of the world. Porcelain orders were commissioned by monarchs and statesmen, and millions of people marked the special moments in their lives by dining off Royal Worcester china.

This project will bring the story of Worcester Porcelain alive, by focusing on social history, the sense of community that the factory inspired and the extent of its worldwide distribution.

Hidden stories and exhibits from the archives will illustrate the skills, techniques and developments of this remarkable factory. Exerts from the workers audio recordings will describe the camaraderie and rivalry that existed between departments and show just how many skills and pairs of hands each piece took to create.

The displays will raise the Museum of Royal Worcester’s profile and attract new audiences. Plans include an innovative educational programme, community projects and a lively programme of events.

Henry Sandon MBE, Museum Patron, said: “The museum possess a great archive of the lives and work of the thousands of craftsmen and it will be wonderful to display this in a modern way so that it can be brought to life and the public can appreciate the human person behind the superb work We are delighted The Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support and we are looking forward to welcoming new audiences to our doors.”

Vanessa Harber, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “The Museum of Royal Worcester provides a great insight into the production of porcelain and china and the exceptionally talented people who worked at the factory. Thanks to National Lottery players, the museum’s fascinating collections will now be available for more people to learn about. HLF is pleased to support this worthwhile project.”