The Industrial Revolution in Middle England
6 Aug — 10 Aug 2021 | Tour Director: Lars Tharp
• Discover the unique assembly of architecture and museums that bears testament to the entrepreneurship of the Industrial Revolution
• Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the world’s oldest iron bridge, and the mills and workers’ housing of the Derwent Valley, which were to become the model for factories throughout the world
• Study the rich history of the ceramics industry in the area, with visits to Gladstone Pottery and the Wedgwood Museum
Danish-born art historian, lecturer and broadcaster
Tour assembles 1745 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Stoke on Trent for four nights. Introductory lecture (held in Josiah Wedgwood’s house).
Morning: excursion to Ironbridge (toll booth and bridge) and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Afternoon: Jackfield Tile Museum and Etruria Industrial Museum.
Morning: excursion to Cheddleton Flint Mill followed by National Stone Centre (four limestone kilns, six disused quarries and 120 lead mine shafts). Afternoon: Leawood Pumphouse, Cromford model village (world’s first workers’ housing) and Arkwright’s first textile mill (built after his invention of the water-powered spinning frame).
Morning lecture: Victorian Ceramics – Innovation & Style followed by visit to Middleport Pottery (heritage tour and virtual factory tour). Afternoon: World of Wedgwood Museum (V&A Wedgwood Collection).
Morning: Gladstone Pottery (last complete Victorian pottery factory in Britain, with displays of ceramic techniques). Tour disperses 1230 at hotel.
6 Aug — 10 Aug 2021
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During the 18th century, ceramic makers in places such as Stoke-on-Trent helped to define the tastes of Georgian England and its new commercial empire. Innovators such as Josiah Wedgwood supplied dinner services to country houses and to the court of Catherine the Great. We will have the opportunity to see superb displays of ceramics, and to explore some of the processes involved in the development of the area as the world’s leading producer of ceramics in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Cost of £995 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £100.