Sharpes Pottery Museum

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Sharpes Pottery Museum: The museum and visitor centre at Swadlincote, tell the story of the South Derbyshire Pottery industry from the 16th to the 21st century. Sharpes Pottery closed in 1967, after a working life of 146 years. Six years later a fire caused extensive damage, fortunately despite the dereliction, the kiln and enough of the building survived to make rescue possible in the 1990s. South Derbyshire clay was used to make all kinds of things from bricks to Bargeware teapots and the much acclaimed Bretby Art Pottery. The rich potting history of South Derbyshire is, second only in status to that of Stoke on Trent itself. The Museum celebrates the importance of this industry and its displays and collections include examples of the varied types of ware produced locally. Famous names are represented including, Henry Tooth of the Bretby Art Pottery, William Ault, maker of Ault's Faience, Thomas Goodwin Green, founder of T G Green, Pascoe Tunnicliff of Ashby Potter' Guild, Bossy Mason of Bargeware fame, Joseph Thompson of Woodville and Sharpe Bros themselves, who operated on this site.

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This sensitive conversion of a 19th century pottery is situated on the corner of West Street and Alexandra Road in the conservation area of Swadlincote.


Nearest railway station is Burton on Trent.


Opening times:
-10:00 AM - 4:30 PM10:00 AM - 4:30 PM10:00 AM - 4:30 PM10:00 AM - 4:30 PM10:00 AM - 4:30 PM10:00 AM - 3:00 PM



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Address: Sharpes Pottery Museum, 23 West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG, UK.
Phone: +44 1283 222600

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