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The Industrial Revolution in Middle England

30 Aug — 3 Sep 2019 | Tour Director: Ian Cox

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Ian Cox, BA, MA, Cert Ed.

specialist in art history and decorative arts

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1745 at Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel, Stoke for four nights. Introductory lecture (held in Josiah Wedgwood’s house).

Day

2

Morning: excursion to Ironbridge (toll booth and bridge) and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Afternoon: Jackfield Tile Museum, Blists Hill (reconstructed Victorian town) and Etruria Industrial Museum.

Day

3

Morning: excursion to Cheddleton Flint Mill, National Stone Centre (four limestone kilns, six disused quarries and 120 lead mine shafts). Afternoon: Cromford model village (world’s first workers’ housing) and Arkwright’s first textile mill (built after his invention of the water-powered spinning frame). Evening lecture: Victorian Ceramics – Innovation & Style at Willersley Castle.

Day

4

Morning: tour of Emma Bridgewater Factory (working pottery showcasing traditional skills and craftsmanship). Afternoon: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (early Greek, Roman and Chinese pottery; important 18th and 19th century collections relating to illustrious Staffordshire firms including Wedgwood, Spode, Minton and Doulton).

Day

5

Morning: tour of Gladstone Pottery (last complete Victorian pottery factory in Britain, with displays of ceramic techniques). Tour disperses 1230 at hotel.

Tour Dates

30 Aug — 3 Sep 2019

Days

5

Cost

£895

Tour Code

INRV-19

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Cost of £895 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £80.

 
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