The Caughley Society holds two meetings a year, usually at the Coalport China Museum site, near Ironbridge in Shropshire, England, home of the national Caughley porcelain collection. The Spring meeting is normally held on the first Saturday in April (unless this coincides with the Easter holiday period), and the Autumn one on the first Saturday in October.  Full details of each meeting are published on this website as soon as they are available. Other events are also organised.

Visitors are particularly welcome.  To encourage younger people to take an interest, the Society now offers up to five free places at each of our meetings to people under the age of 25 studying in an appropriate field (for instance ceramics, design, fine art) at further and higher education establishments, museums, auctioneers and organisations such as the National Trust.

If you would like to attend one of our meetings, whether as a paying visitor or younger person, please send us an email by clicking on the 'Contact Us' button on the left of this page.


Saturday 2nd October 2021, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Coalport China Museum, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7HT

We are pleased to announce that the Autumn meeting will be held live at Coalport.  The following talks will be featured.


BETH HORTON: A Lowestoft love affair
Beth's interest in early porcelain started after inheriting 31 pieces from her late mother.  Her grandfather also collected early blue and white porcelain.  Her addiction started when he told her that it wouldn't be possible to make a living dealing in porcelain but, some 15 years later, she is a full time dealer of early porcelain.
Beth's lecture will be a hands-on talk about the history of Lowestoft porcelain and how to tell it apart from others it copied.


KATE CADMAN:  What lies beneath - the process of re-displaying a china museum
(subtitle:  my 19th nervous breakdown!)
Kate is the curatorial officer of the Coalport China Museum, part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.  Having completed a BA degree she joined the organisation in 1982.  Shortly afterwards she ran the craft workshops at the Museum's Youth Training Scheme at Jackfield and then became a demonstrator at Coalport.  Promoted to assistant curator, she was involved in both the 1996 Coalport and the 1999 Caughley Bicentenary Exhibitions.  One of her main interests is the technical aspect of ceramic production.
Kate will take a light-hearted look at what goes into making a museum display and the thought processes behind the decision-making.
At the end of the day, there will be time for attendees to visit the re-designed galleries should they so wish.


CHRIS BROWN:  The Fidelle Duvivier tea set
Chris was for many years the editor of the Society's newsletter and is still a regular contributor to its pages.  He has spoken frequently at our meetings.  He has an in-depth expertise and knowledge of Caughley polychrome and gilt patterns and did much of the preparation for the 2005 Caughley in Colour exhibition.  He was also part of the team responsible for the highly acclaimed pattern book 'Caughley Blue & White Patterns'.
Chris's talk will explore the history and art of an outstanding tea service decorated at Chamberlains in Worcester in 1792 and the part played by the Belgian artist Fidelle Duvivier who was there decorating pieces of Caughley.


The Spring meeting will be held on Saturday 2nd April 2022


The Autumn meeting will be held on Saturday 1st October 2022


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