One of ten fabulous museums at Ironbridge.
The Jackfield Tile Museum is located on the south side of the Ironbridge Gorge and housed in the former works of Craven Dunnill and Company. With its displays, educational facilities and manufacturing tenants, the museum is a celebration of the British decorative tile industry between 1840 and 1960 a period in which this works, and that of nearby Maw & Co, played a significant role.
Jackfield is one of the oldest known centres for the production of ceramics in Shropshire, a tradition that is thought to date back to the sixteenth century.
In 1983 the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) recognised the historical importance of the site as an almost complete Victorian tile factory and purchased the works with the aid of a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund. Since then the IGMT has worked tirelessly to restore the buildings, promote education and encourage the return of ceramic manufacture. In 1989 tile manufacture started again on site and in 2001 Craven Dunnill took over this business, returning to Jackfield after an absence of nearly forty years.
Winner of Sandford Award 2008.