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Coalport China Museum

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Address: Coalport, Ironbridge, Ironbridge Gorge, England
Phone Number: 01952-43-34-24
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We found out about a Saggar Makers Bottom Knocker

Another museum in the Ironbridge collection and were met wonderful people who enthused about their role. So found the answer to as to what a Saggar Maker Bottom Knocker did. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Geoff T
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great museum with a complete history of how the Coalport China works came into being and why! Interesting demonstrations as well make it a must see!

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb collection of Coalport china, with many informative displays. Where there were active demonstrations the workers made a good effort to explain what they were doing. Elsewhere the museum was well arranged and engaging for all ages. Recommended.

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Thank lerato3
Buxton, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I take a pottery class so find the museum really interesting, I could have watched the lady making china flowers for hours. The museum also held interest for my friend who has no particular interest in pottery. We were also transfixed by the glass blowing. We bought the annual passport ticket and visited 5 attractions during out 4 day break... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Another museum in the Ironbridge collection and were met wonderful people who enthused about their role. So found the answer to as to what a Saggar Maker Bottom Knocker did. We remembered the 1950's television programme called "What's My Line" and it always baffled the contestants. Lots of demonstrations which all helped with the story.

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Thank Geoff T
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

I think it is more aimed at people who already have an underlying interest in China/fine tableware. Nonetheless was interesting to see the workings of the place and the history behind it. There is a nice short walk beside a canal just outside :-)

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Thank Craig S
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

An interesting experience with demonstrations. We met Liz who is a Saggar Maker and she explained her craft which was fascinating. She even explained the role of Saggar Maker Bottom Knocker. Then we watched flowers being made. The whole experience was fascinating and you probably need a couple hours to do it justice.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The museum doesn't give much technical information - mostly a showcase of previous works. They offer workshops and the demonstrations are interesting to watch/learn.

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Thank Clint K
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Very interesting and informative. Unfortunately as we visited at the weekend the factory/workshop wasn't opened but at least it leaves something to do on another visit!

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Thank laineyiow
Leicester
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

The history of the Severn valley pottery is here. A tradition that made fantastic table ware and decorative items.A beautifully laid out museum which may be boring to younger people. Good shop too I always buy some Part Merion pottery.

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gloucestershire
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

On first entering the museum it appears that this is just a collection of Coalport China in display cases. Do not be deceived. After this you go outside and into the workshop. Depending which day you visit, there will be people working here who are very happy to explain what they are doing and answer questions. They also sell what... More 

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