Museum of Royal Worcester
Severn Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2ND
The Museum of Royal Worcester’s collections date back to 1751 when Dr. John Wall an eminent local surgeon and William Davis the elder, an apothecary, perfected the secret recipe for manufacture of soft paste porcelain in Worcester.
The Museum now houses the finest and most extensive collections of Worcester Porcelain and on entering the visitor is transported to Georgian times and the very start of production when shapes and patterns were copied from the Far east for use in the homes of the very rich. An exquisite rooms setting shows how the table was laid for desert and features an eighteenth century long case clock and a fine trio of hexagonal vases, just as they have appeared in a gentleman’s home.
In contrast the Victorian gallery is decked with deep colours, extravagant exhibition pieces and works of breathtaking craftsmanship. Here the visitor can see the influence of travel and the Industrial Revolution, as the ownership of fine works became more accessible.
The journey ends in the Twentieth Century where alongside the continuing production of 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 and designers tested production to its limits.
Harry Sandon introduces an audio tour that is free with entry and sets the scene by talking about the exhibits and what was happening in Great Britain at the time. Factory workers also talk about their skills and how they carried out their work.
March to October,
10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m
Monday to Saturday
November to February
10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m.
Monday to Saturday
Christmas day, Boxing Day and occasionally for private functions, please telephone for details.
Please visit the website or contact 01905 746073