About TACS

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The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) is a registered charity, number 289090

Introduction to TACS

TACS is for anyone interested in tiles and decorative ceramics related to buildings.

Tiles have a history stretching back more than one thousand years. In the 13th and 14th centuries Europe’s churches were paved with decorated tiles. At the same time buildings in the Arab world were adorned with richly coloured tiles. Holland was an important centre for tiles in the 17th and 18th centuries and in the 19th century Britain pioneered mass-produced tiles. The 20th century has seen both a decline and a revival in tile-making. Tiles are now much collected and studied. Tiles are all around us for everyone to enjoy. Ceramic tiles cover walls and floors, roofs and pavements, furniture and stoves, and can be seen in churches and mosques, pubs and shops, hospitals and homes. They are often combined with other forms of ceramics such as terracotta, faience and mosaic.

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) has served as Britain’s national society promoting the study and conservation of tiles and architectural ceramics since 1981. An international membership of individuals and institutions is drawn from the fields of tile museums, conservation, manufacturing (both industrial and craft), architecture, design, tile collecting and antiques.


How to Join

Please download, print and complete the Membership Application Form. Then Scan completed form and send by Email to membership@tacsuk.org

2024-25 Membership Renewal

Please download and complete the Subscription Renewal Form for 2024-25 and Email to membership@tacsuk.org. Alternatively print, scan and email or post to the address below.

Current Subscription Rates

UK Individual £20
UK Family £28
European/Overseas (sterling only accepted)* £30
Institutional European/Overseas (sterling only accepted) £40

All subscriptions are due annually on 1 July.

*We accept PayPal payments for European and other Overseas subscriptions; please contact the membership secretary for further details

Alternatively post the completed form and cheques to:
PO BOX 6719,
United Kingdom

Member Benefits

  • Glazed Expressions, a colourful and well-researched magazine also including up-to-the-minute news items, which is published twice a year.
  • The annual TACS Journal, a peer-reviewed international journal containing substantial articles of original research.
  • New members will receive back issues of the publications that have been published for the current subscription year.
  • Members are also able to take advantage of the TACS Events Programme, with visits to places of ceramic interest, many of which are not normally open to the public.
  • A free entry and link to your web site in the TACS Web Site Member Directory (as long as it is  related to tiles and ceramics and which we consider to be of interest to TACS Members).

Contact TACS

By Email

For General TACS queries
please e-mail: info@tacsuk.org

For queries regarding this Website,
please e-mail: webmaster@tacsuk.org

For queries about Membership queries
please e-mail: membership@tacsuk.org

For queries regarding Events
please e-mail: events@tacsuk.org

For queries regarding Glazed Expressions
please e-mail: glazedexpressions@tacsuk.org

For queries regarding the TACS Journal
please e-mail: journal@tacsuk.org

For queries regarding Privacy ,
please e-mail: privacy@tacsuk.org

For sales of TACS Publications
please email: Richard Dennis Publications

By Post

Write to:
PO BOX 6719,
United Kingdom.

TACS Committee

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) is a registered charity, number 289090

President: Hans van Lemmen


Chair: Alan Swale
Treasurer: Rob Higgins
Secretary: Lesley Durbin (Acting)

Committee Members / Trustees:
Penny Beckett
Abigail Brown
Lesley Durbin
Penny Hampson
Dave Hutchins
Ben Miller
Michael Rieveley
Tony Watts

TACS Journal

Commissioning Editor: Hans van Lemmen
Production Editor: Dr Alan Swale

Editorial Board:
Dr Mario Baeck Independent tile researcher
Dr Ian Betts Museum of London Archaeology
Judy Rudoe British Museum

please e-mail: journal@tacsuk.org

Glazed Expressions

Editor: Tony Watts

please e-mail: glazedexpressions@tacsuk.org