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teapots in the uk

updated fri 10 aug 01


The CoA on thu 9 aug 01

Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum***
The Clove Building, Maguire Street SE1 2NQ
Tel: (0171) 378-0222
Mr. Bramah is a really interesting guy.

The Crafts Council (National centre for the crafts including reference =
and picture libraries)
44a Pentonville Road, Islington N1 9BY
Tel: (0171) 278 7700

Geffrye Museum (inc. reference library)
Kingland Road, Shoreditch E2 8EA
Tel: (0171) 739 9893

Kingston Museum (inc. Martinware pottery)
Wheatfield Way, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 2PS
Tel: (0181) 546 5386

Martinware Pottery Collection
Southall Public Library, Osterley Park Road, Southall
T: (0181) 574 3412

The Museum of London (library by appointment)
London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
T: (0171) 600 0807

University of London: Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art
(reference library 5000 books & periodicals)
53 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PI

Victoria & Albert Museum*****
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL
T: (0171) 938 8500

The Wallace Collection (S=E8vres porcelain)
Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1M 6BN
T: (0171) 935 0687

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
University of Wales, Penglais, Dyfed SY23 3DE
1,500 pieces in the ceramic collection. To view the whole lot, phone for =
an appointment: (01970) 622467

Holburne Museum and Crafts Study Centre,=20
Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
T: (01225) 466669

Victoria Art Gallery
Pulteney Bridge, Bridge Street
T: (01225) 477232

Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Museum,=20
Castle Close MK40 3NY
T: (01234) 211222

City Museum & Art Gallery, (Bristol ceramics)
Queens Road BS8 1RL
T: (0117) 922 3572

Kettle's Yard,=20
Castle Street CB3 0AQ
Tel: (01223) 352124

De Morgan Foundation (housed in Cardiff Castle)=20
Cathays Park, CF1 3NP
Access for research purposes contact: Matthew Williams, Keeper of =
Collections T: (01222) 822084

Pallant House, (inc. the Geoffrey Freeman Collection of Bow Porcelain)
9 North Pallant PO19 1TJ
(01243) 774557=20

Derby Museum & Art Gallery, ("unrivalled collection" in The Derby =
Porcelain gallery)
The Strand, DE1 1BS
(01332) 255586

Royal Crown Derby Museum
Osmaston Road
T (01332) 712800

Newport Museum & Gallery, (inc. The John Wait Teapot Collection)=20
John Frost Square, Newport, Gwent NP9 1PA=20
T: (01633) 840064

Twining Teapot Collection (largest teapot collection in the world) plus =
historic Lowestoft ware at: Norwich Castle Museum
Tel: (01603) 223624
Norris Museum (inc. research library)
The Broadway, PE17 4BX
T: (01480) 465101

City Museum & Art Gallery,=20
Bethesda Street, Hanley ST1 3DW
(01782) 202173

The Sir Henry Doulton Gallery
Nile Street, Burslem
(01782) 292292

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road, Longton
(01782) 319232

Minton Museum
London Road
(01782) 292292

Wedgwood Museum
Barlaston ST12 9ES

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery (inc. Swansea China Collection)
and Swansea Museum (dito)
both in Alexandra Road
(01792) 655006

Those with the *** stars are the ones not to miss. Others have teapots =
in amongst other vessels. As you did not say whether you mean historic =
or contemporary teapots (or both) I suppose this is a historically =
biased list. As most museums, galleries and/or collections do not allow =
photography, it may be well to arrange meetings with the curators or =
keepers of the collections beforehand. The Spode, Minton, Wedgwood, etc. =
museums in The Potteries / Stoke-on-Trent and manufacturing sites are =
also heavily commercialised... Sometimes no one around to talk about =
anything older than this year's "collection" hand painted in China... (I =
didn't say that! Pure gossip).

If you need opening times, etc. most have www sites. I strongly =
recommend checking because I have not been to any recently. I know =
Norwich Castle was closed for major refurbishment and was due to reopen =
this summer 2001. Whilst there, do visit the "new" Sainsbury Centre, the =
newest purpose built gallery in the UK.

Other possible leads from:

The Wallace Collection
The Majolica Society
Links to Tea Related Sites
The Tea Council

a list of books on teapots currently in print:

And we always find time to stop and have a cup of tea with any visiting =
potter at The CoA! I can unpack my precious Art Deco teapot to show you =
if you want... The dinkiest thing you ever saw! Child-sized by modern =

Hope this helps? Happy Hunting!

Janet Kaiser
The Chapel of Art . Capel Celfyddyd
Criccieth LL52 0EA, GB-Wales Tel: (01766) 523570