Ceramics and Glass

Click on the images below to find out more about objects in our ceramics and glass collection

 

The museum’s ceramics and glass collection features almost 2500 items of British and European pottery, porcelain and glass.  The museum’s ceramics collection ranges from earthenware and stoneware to English and Chinese porcelain. In the glass collection, there is  range of English drinking glasses and a rare and beautiful seventeenth-century posset pot. 

Objects of particular interest include seventeenth-century tin-glazed chargers, eighteenth-century Staffordshire figures, a nineteenth-century Davenport supper set and colourful Castle Hedingham ware from Essex.  A large proportion of the collection was donated to the museum in the late nineteenth century by two local benefactors, William Murray Tuke, a member of the Quaker banking family, and Dr Henry Stear.

Objects in our ceramics and glass collections are on display in the Ceramics and Glass gallery. Many more objects are kept in storage and can be viewed by appointment.