Jackfield Tile Museum
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Shropshire TF8 7LJ
Jackfield Tile Museum at the Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site in Shropshire, England is located on the south bank of the River Severn.
The museum is housed in a decorative tile factory building, the former works of Craven Dunhill and Company. Tiles made with different coloured clays are known as encaustic tiles and visitors can see these tiles being made at the Jackfield Tile Museum.
The design or figure on the surface of the ceramic tile is not a product of the glaze but of different colors of clay. They are usually of two colors but a tile may be composed of as many as six. The pattern appears inlaid into the body of the tile, so that the design remains as the tile is worn down.
This award-winning museum presents the history of the British decorative tile industry between 1840 and 1960 - the period in which this factory and that of Maw & Co nearby, played an important role.
Visitors can see, touch and walk on magnificent British tiles as they wander through the original gas-lit trade showroom, galleries and period settings. There was no end to the uses ceramic tiles could be put to.
Experience a tiled London Underground Station, an Edwardian pub bar, a butchers shop decorated with tiled pictures of farm animals, and a children’s hospital ward lined with tile pictures of nursery rhymes.
Jackfield is one of the oldest known ceramic production centres in Shropshire, a tradition dating back to the 16th century. The Thursfield family settled in Jackfield during the early 18th century and Jackfield wares are attributed to that family.
7 days a week: 10:00 – 17:00 hours.
For detailed information go to Web: Ironbridge Gorge Opening Times
There are two options – tickets for a single visit to a museum or the fantastic value Annual Passport Ticket which allows unlimited visits to all the sites. For more information and up to date prices go to Web: Ironbridge Gorge Tickets & Prices.
- Discover tile decorating techniques including encaustic, embossed, dust press and tube-lined;
- Explore tiled period settings;
- Wander through the original Edwardian gas-lit trade showroom.
John Scott Gallery
The John Scott Gallery is a brand new collection of world-class British decorative tiles donated from a private collector. The 1,300 individual tiles and 310 tile panels feature designs by Pugin, Dresser, Morris, de Morgan and Bawden.
Pieces originate from the mid 19th century through to the mid 20th century offer a fascinating insight into the design aesthetics of the past, ranging from one-off pieces from private homes to ornate panels from hospitals and other public buildings.
Allow at least 1-2 hours for a visit.
Free factory tour every Wednesday at 11:00 hours
Design and create your own unique decorative tile.
Check the Events Calendar for further information on the fun drop-in workshops that run during all major school holidays Web: Ironbridge Gorge Events Calendar
Café serving drinks and snacks
Gift shop selling a range of tiles and souvenirs.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1952 433 424
The Ironbridge Gorge is in Shropshire, 5 miles (8km) south of Telford Town Centre and is well signposted from the M54 motorway, Junction 4. When you leave the M54 follow the brown and white tourism signs for Ironbridge Gorge.
As you get closer to the Museums follow the specific signs: For Jackfield Tile Museum, Broseley Pipeworks Museum, Museum of The Gorge and The Ironbridge & Tollhouse follow ‘Ironbridge Museums’.
There is car parking at Jackfield Tile Museum. Sat Nav for the car park is TF8 7LJ. One ticket, costing around £2.00, is required to park at the Museum car park.
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