History of the TACS Gazetteer Project & GazNews


The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) has been working for many years on a major project, publication of the Tile Gazetteer of British Tile and Architectural Ceramics Locations. Thanks to major funding secured from the School of Art & Design at the University of Wolverhampton, as well as substantial support from the Pilgrim Trust, the Manifold Trust, the Scouloudi Foundation (in association with the Institute for Historical Research), the Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation and generous donations from many TACS members, the Tile Gazetteer was published in 2005 by Richard Dennis Publications.

The Gazetteer project aimed to locate, survey and analyse the principal British tile and architectural ceramic sites of all periods. This task had never been attempted before, and resulted in the publication of a comprehensive guide and gazetteer containing much significant new information of great value to current practitioners in the conservation, production and study of ceramics. The project has made a substantial and original contribution to British ceramics history.

The Gazetteer comprises a geographical listing and description of the sites, with precise locations laid out by county for ease of use, but including unitary authorities for reference purposes. Site descriptions cover the architect, construction date, client, original and current use of the building or structure as well as full ceramic details including manufacturer, artsist, designer and installation date. It also includes discussion of the artistic and technical merits of the sites, their historical and social significance, and their geographical distribution. There is definitive information on the manufacturers, artists, designers and architects responsible for creating the sites. The Gazetteer will be an essential resource for all those concerned with ceramics research, listed buildings and allied fields including architectural and construction history.


The newsletter GazNews was published (normally quarterly) from the start of the TACS Gazetteer Project until 2002. Back copies are hard to find, so they are available as downloads on this page. To download any issue of GazNews as a pdf file, just right-click on the links below (a left-click will allow you to read it on screen). You can then use the ‘Save’ option to download it to your computer. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file – it’s free from the www.adobe.com site. From issue 12 onward Gaznews online included colour photographs.

Issue 17 – April 2002

Issue 16 – December 2002

Issue 15 – September 2002

Issue 14 – June 2002

Issue 13 – March 2002

Issue 12 – December 2001

Issue 11 – August 2001

Issue 10 – May 2001

Issue 9 – February 2001

Issue 8 – November 2000

Issue 7 – August 2000

Issue 6 – May 2000 (double issue but poor quality file)

Issue 5 – January 2000

Issue 4 – November 1999

Issue 3 – July 1999

Issue 2 – April 1999

Issue 1 – June 1998