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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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  • When you think of Ironbridge you tend not to think of ceramics but there was a thriving tile making industry on this site and this museum explains the history and technology very clearly. There is an ...  read more »
  • What a gem, little advertised, with no one to show us around, except a very bossy woman who told my husband he could not take photographs even before we had booked ourselves in! Not very welcoming. It...  read more »
  • Very interesting and such beautiful tiles to view. Very enjoyable experience and highly recommended. 
  • 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
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