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Jackfield Tile Museum, Telford

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The Jackfield Tile Museum is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge museums administered by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The museum lies in the village of Jackfield, near Broseley, on the south bank of the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge, in Shropshire, England. It is located within a World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

The museum is housed in a decorative tile factory building, the former works of Craven Dunnill and Company, that is still used to produce tiles, particularly encaustic tiles. It 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 part in this industry.

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; Jackfield wares are attributed to the family.

Craven Dunnill gave up its Jackfield works in the early 1950s, moving to Bridgnorth, and the buildings were used by a firm making iron and bronze castings.
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  • We visited this museum about 20 years ago and enjoyed it then, but now it is much improved and expanded. We learnt a lot about the history and manufacture of tiles, totally fascinating! 
  • Whilst visiting the ironbridge area we popped in. What a waste of time. Nice tiles and displays was good but other than that!!! Expensive entry fee pleased we had the passport otherwise we would of be...  more »
  • Visited the museum last year. Fascinating place. Beautiful decorative tiles to look at from Classical, to Art Nouveau to the The Arts and Crafts Movement... the list goes on... Definately worth a visi...  more »
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  • It's only when you visit here that you realise the incredible contribution this factory made to the development of the UK and many places beyond. Glazed pottery wall and floor tiles became a feature of domestic and commercial properties everywhere during the Victorian era and were produced here in their millions. Often taken for granted, many of these tiles were works of art in their own right. Even if you are not interested in tiles or pottery (like me) you cannot fail to be impressed by this amazing museum.
  • Tiles displayed in backdrops of pub, butchers shop and underground station. Tile making can be seen and experienced. This was once the centre of the world tile industry.
  • Used my passport to go in half term when kids could make a tile. They enjoyed doing quiz sheet, didnt get bored! Big old building to go around looking for clues. Best bit for them was decorating tile, kept them busy for around an hour, and excited to pick up finished tile week later, they will post them. Small tile £5 but will last for ever, they look great! Toilets and cafe shop on site plus other artists have shops there too.
  • Crafted my own tile. Museum is nice and has cafe.
  • Their is a LOT here and the reconstructions are flawless