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Coalport China Museum, Telford

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The Coalport China Museum is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums administered by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The museum is based in the village of Coalport within the Ironbridge Gorge on the northern bank of the River Severn in Shropshire, England. It is located in a World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

The museum presents the history of Coalport China, a manufacturer of fine English chinaware which was based on the site between 1795 and 1926. As well as original examples of historic china, there are also demonstrations of traditional ceramic techniques and original industrial buildings including kilns to fire the pottery. The collections include the official National Collections of Caughley and Coalport china.

There is a hands-on workshop area where painting activities are provided and ceramic activities in the school holidays.

The 1985 Doctor Who serial The Mark of the Rani used the museum as a filming location.
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  • Lovely. China to hate, China to love, China to drool over. Tiles. Every church, public house, private house, at one time had floors, walls and frontages made here.  more »
  • Ironbridge is the town that just keeps giving. A visit to the Coalport China museum is a must when visiting. The exhibit where you can walk inside a bottle kiln that shows how the china is packed in.....  more »
  • Probably not the strongest of the Gorge museums (I was not so bothered about the collections of china) but seeing inside the kiln buildings was really good, also enjoyed the hand painting demonstration. Worth the visit. Nice to see the bottom end of the inclined plane here too.
  • Great place to visit. Only went into the shop as I had a dog with me, it's dog friendly but the museum isn't. Lovely walking around there. Friendly staff too.

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