7 October 2021

English delftware at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has an outstanding collection of English delftware. At around 2000 pieces, it is one of the largest and most important collections of delftware in the UK.

Delftware, or tin-glazed earthenware, was made in England from the 1500s. During the following century the industry flourished. Alongside London and Liverpool, Bristol was a leading centre of delftware production. It represented a major industry in and around the city from the 1640s through to the late 1700s. Bristol’s collection comprises remarkable objects made in these cities.

Delftware was made in large quantities as both practical, domestic objects and decorative display wares that responded to the fashions of the time. These recognisable blue-and-white designs were exported across the globe. Bristol’s collection contains an array of objects that demonstrate the versatility of this material, including chargers, punch bowls, posset pots, puzzle jugs, barber bowls, wall tiles and flower bricks.

A two-year project funded by Arts Council England aims to raise the profile of this important collection through new research and a new display. In this talk the curator of the project will introduce Bristol’s collection and highlight a selection of extraordinary objects.

Speaker: Amber Turner, Delftware project curator

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 7 October.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.