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Review: Coalport and Jackfield

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Ironbridge, Shropshire, United Kingdom

Coalport China and Jackfield Tile Museums

  • By SilverTraveller Terry

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  • January 2016
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Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire is a UNESCO World Heritage site. At this birthplace of industry there are 10 museums and of course it would be impossible to visit all in one day. We purchased an Annual Passport Ticket last year, which entitles you to return as often as you like for 12 months.

With the weather being unpredictable in winter we decided to visit two attractions, which are mainly indoors. The chief advantage in going off-season is the ability to wander around in comparative peace, but the as the circular bus is not in service during the winter we took the car. You have to pay and display in the car park but the ticket covers you for any of the sites that day. We didn’t use the lifts and disabled access points but most of the exhibits seemed to be accessible.

Coalport China Museum had superb collections of Coalport and Caughley china. It tells the story of life in the factory and the dreadful working conditions suffered by the workers who produced such exquisite wares. We also viewed demonstrations of traditional techniques although some of the workshops are only open during the week in the off-season.

The Jackfield Tile Museum was fascinating. Not only were there magnificent displays of tiles but also walk through areas like a tube station, a pub and a children’s hospital ward. There is a new exhibition the John Scott Gallery featuring an extensive collection of some of the most famous British design names. There is definitely more to see than we had first expected – so we were glad to sit down for a nice cup of tea and a cake in the cafe!

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • drewlin
    over 4 years ago
    The Ironbridge museums are somewhere that I want to visit and this has just whetted my appetite. With so many to see, the annual passport ticket is certainly a good idea.
  • Freddie
    over 4 years ago
    Have not been to Ironbridge recently. I'm delighted to read how the museums have improved and very tempted to visit again soon
  • ESW
    over 4 years ago
    I love the Ironbridge site as there is so much to see and do there. The ticket is expensive but definitely good value when you consider what it covers and that it lasts for a year.

    I had expected the tile museum to be a bit 'boring' but it wasn't as the displays of the different tiles were wonderful, espeially those used to make a 'picture'.

    I've always been fascinated by china and porcelain and the displays in the Coalport museum are wonderful, even though some of the more exotic flights of fancy may not be to my taste. There is so much to just stand and wonder at.

    The day we visited, visitors could try there hand at making a floweer. It wasn't as easy as the experts made it look. I still have my attempt at making a rose.