TACS Member Events

Saturday 30th November 2019, 1 – 3.30pm, Decorative tiles in Georgian and Victorian domestic architecture, Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech PE13 1ES

This is a free talk given by Hans van Lemmen at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum followed by a tile handling session with Rob Higgins. To book your place e mail Talena Fletcher on

TACS is not responsible in any way for this event. Details are subject to change, so please check with the organiser before travelling.

Saturday 22nd February, 1.30 – 5pm, William de Morgan Day, South West Heritage Centre, Taunton

Afternoon of lectures and tile handling with David Dawson, an expert on Somerset ceramics; Julian Orbach, author and lecturer in architectural history, and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain; Sarah Hardy, Curator of the De Morgan Foundation; and TACS member Rob Higgins, expert and author on William de Morgan. Running order below:

1.30 Tea and coffee

1.45 David Dawson – ‘F.E. Colthurst, art potters, aspects of De Morgan’

2.15 Q&A

2.20 Julian Orbach – ‘Morris and W. De Morgan, Arts and Crafts Movement’

2.50 Q&A

3.00 Extended break to allow informal contact. Groups x4 max 12; tile set; tea; wares

4.00 Announce winners of raffle X4 Fiona Holmes pots

4.10 Rob Higgins – ‘Using x-ray fluoroscopy’, ‘Unpicking W. De Morgan tiles’

4.30 Sarah Hardy – ‘De Morgan Foundation’

Cost £15.00 (half price for first 15 booking), please book at their website from December onwards   

TACS is not responsible in any way for this event. Details are subject to change, so please check with the organiser before travelling.  

Thursday 26th & Friday 27th March, Terracotta: Past Present and Future, Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester

This conference is designed to provide a historical context for the use of terracotta and faïence in architectural structures and the latest information on the restoration and refurbishment of buildings bearing these materials, as well as promote the use of terracotta and faïence in contemporary new-build projects. The conference is suitable for all terracotta enthusiasts, including those involved in conservation, refurbishment and new-build architectural activities – whether in local government, architectural practice, project management or training and education. Leading practitioners in the field of architectural conservation; the manufacturers of terracotta and faïence; and designers of new-build construction featuring these materials will be among the panel of speakers.

The conference will include a tour of some of the most important buildings in central Manchester as well as a visit to a major manufacturer of both conservation and new-build architectural terracotta and faïence. See enclosed flyer for agenda and more info.

The conference is open to members at the special early bird rate extended until 31st December 2019 at £210 for two days (normally £250) or £130 for one day (normally £150). This includes travel to the manufacturer’s site, lunch and refreshments, but not accommodation.

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Wednesday 1st April, 11am – 4pm, Carlton Towers, Goole

Carlton Towers is an architectural gem near Goole in East Yorkshire, originally dating to 1614, but substantially remodelled in 1875-7 by Edward Welby Pugin with internal renovations by John Francis Bentley, best known for his work on Westminster Cathedral. Bentley was responsible for a number of grand fireplaces most of which feature tiles by Frederick Garrard, in both Spanish Cuenca and polychrome Dutch designs. There are intriguing tiles by Garrard but two designs are by William De Morgan, which appear in fireplaces in the Venetian and Card rooms and the Picture Gallery (2 fireplaces). There is also a fireplace by Barnard, Bishop and Barnards, probably designed by Jekyll, which includes De Morgan BBB tiles in red lustre and has the date 1877 carved into the over mantel. The day will include talks on William De Morgan by Rob Higgins and Frederick Garrard by Chris Blanchett.

Cost £40 per person to include tea and coffee on arrival, buffet lunch and afternoon refreshments (postponed from last year, min 15 people)

Friday 24th April, curator-led tour of The National Liberal Club, London

Specialist curator-led tour of The National Liberal Club (Alfred Waterhouse) in Whitehall Place with its opulent interiors lined with Burmantofts faience. We may also have access to rooms in the adjoining hotel no longer owned by the club, to be confirmed.

Timings TBC, cost TBC, max 20 people, please e mail to register your interest

Saturday 9th May, 2 – 5pm, Ceramic Bournemouth, guided walk with local tile lady Jo Amey

Meet at O’Neill’s pub at The Lansdowne (20 mins walk from Bournemouth station or a two stop bus ride) for a walk through Bournemouth Town Centre looking at the wide variety of ceramic features, many made locally by Carter and Co as well as South Western Pottery. From elaborate Victorian terracotta to Mid-Century tiles the buildings of Bournemouth bear witness to the creativity of the ceramics factories in Poole. Highlights include a unique tile portrait, Ceramic Marble shop facades, Edwardian tube-lined brewers’ panel, Art Nouveau faience pub, 1920’s cinema and more.

Cost £5 per person, max 12

Saturday 30th May, 12 – 4pm, Burmantofts collection private viewing, West Yorkshire (exact location will be advised once booking confirmed)

Come and see this wonderful Burmantofts tile and pottery collection as well as archive materials and enjoy refreshments with fellow members. Tea, coffee, sandwiches and cake will be provided.

Cost £5 per person, max 30 people

Saturday 4th July, TACS AGM and walking/ guided tour – London location TBC

Total cost £10 per person (the AGM alone is free to attend; accommodation is not provided)

Saturday 5th September, Medieval Tile Day at Norton Priory, Runcorn TBC

To include expert speakers, guided tour, medieval tile viewing, lunch and refreshments.

Speakers, timings and cost TBC. Please e mail to register your interest

Saturday 3rd October, TACS annual tile fair, St Jude’s Church Hall, Nottingham, NG3 5HE. Open to Non-Members. (10.00 AM -3.00PM)

Once again, we can add the ever-popular tile fair onto our events calendar. Please come and visit, same venue, cost £5.00, refreshments available and, as ever, free parking. No need to book, just come along and pay on the door.

St. Jude’s Church Hall, Mapperley, Nottingham NG3 5HE.

St Jude’s is one mile north from the Nottingham City Centre on the B684 Woodborough Road off the A60 or from the A60 Sherwood up Mapperly Hall Drive past mini roundabout to T Junction – turn left to St. Jude’s 50 yards on left.

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NB Dealers need to book tables at the usual cost of £40

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