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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  • August 19, 2017
    We stayed in Jackfield last year and decided to revisit this museum. It is really worth a visit as it really is interesting. Make sure you buy one of the passports as it really is value for money  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    It's not the largest museum but I found it very interesting learning how the humble floor/wall tile is made and has developed. There are lots of different tiles on display all with a story. On Wednesd...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    If you are into tiles, then this is a museum for you. We bought a passport (unlimited entry to a number of museums in the area for a year). Even if you never visit one of the museums in the year you c...  more »
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  • A lovely day out. Lots to see and you can even make your own decorated tile!
  • Lots of interesting things to see, not just at the museum but in the surrounding area as well.
  • Packed with tiles and loads of information. If it is what you are interested in I would recommend you go.
  • Nice place to pop into if you have the visitors passport
  • Amazing range of tiles from 2000 BP to recent. Also good display of how they were made as well.

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