Ceramic-related sites | Museums & Galleries | Societies | Heritage & Architectural
British Museum Collection Online
The British Museum’s entire collection database online, including ancient near eastern, Roman, medieval, Renaissance, Islamic, and 19th century tiles.
Decorative Tiles illustrated by Randolph Caldecott
Information on tiles based on Randolph Caldecott’s illustrations which were used in children’s wards of hospitals as well as in private homes
English Ceramic Circle
The English Ceramic Circle is dedicated to the study of ceramics manufactured, decorated, or used in the British Isles.
Flickr.com tile related Groups
Photo sharing site containing thousands of photographs of tiles and architectural ceramics.
Gibbs and Canning (Angella Rodgers)
I have this thing with floors (Instagram)
Joy of Shards mosaic resources
Mosaics and mosaic making information
London’s Underground Edwardian Tile Patterns
Extensive information on tiling used in the London Underground.
National Trust Collections
Searchable database of objects in the National Trust Collection including tiles. Many with images.
Potteries Tile Trail – History Pin Channel
Community research team visiting key collections, accessing unusual archive material and visiting recognised (as well as forgotten architectural ceramic gems) ‘in situ’ across Stoke-on-Trent. A TACS led research project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Richard Prosser and dust pressing
TACS member Sue Darby has been researching Richard Prosser and has created a website with a lot about dust pressing mosaic, geometrical and wall tiles. The 1840s is still an under-researched field and the information she has unearthed fills in many gaps.
Rob’s Poole Pottery Collection
Information on Poole Pottery
Richard Dennis Publications
Publisher of books on tiles including the Tile Gazetteer.
The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers
One of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. It has an active charitable, educational and social programme and maintains a close involvement with the tiling and bricklaying industries
The local history of Stoke-on-Trent includes an extensive index to potteries including tile manufacturers
TileWeb: Paving-tile Watercolours Online
An Archive of Paving tiles in the Parker-Hore Collection, Worcester, and in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Wolverhampton’s Architectural Ceramics
Gazetteer of tiles and terracotta in Wolverhampton
Die Geschichte der Fliese
Tile website (text in German) created by TACS Member Wilhelm Joliet.
Mosaic and Ceramic Sundials
Tile Heritage Foundation
Research and preservation of ceramic surfaces in the United States
Tiles from Rotterdam
Information on tiles manufactured in Rotterdam, Netherlands (in Dutch)
Museums and Galleries
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Currently closed. Re-opening 2024.
Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House
Museum of the Arts and Crafts movement housed in orginal Arts and Crafts house. Fireplaces containing William De Morgan and Dutch tiles.
Large collection of near eastern, Roman, medieval, Renaissance, Islamic, and 19th century tiles.
Gladstone Pottery Museum & Tile Gallery
Working museum housed in Victorian pottery factory. The Tile Gallery contains a good selection of 19th and 20th century tiles.
Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge Former Craven Dunnill factory now houses displays of 19th and 20th century British tiles. Part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
Leighton House Museum
In-situ polychrome tiles, mostly from Damascus in Syria dating from the 15th to 17th century as well as 19th-century tiles made by William de Morgan
Manchester Art Gallery
Some William De Morgan and Pilkington tiles on display
Museum of London
Large collection of ceramics and glass including: medieval, tin-glazed and victorian
tiles (only a small selection on general display)
Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University
Permanent display of Pilkington Royal Lancastrian ceramics including some tile panels.
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Good collection of tiles and other ceramics.
Architect Alfred Waterhouse and his iconic Natural History Museum building
Discover more about the Terracotta architecture of the Natural History Museum
The De Morgan Collection
The De Morgan Foundation – Victorian Art for the Modern World
The William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery holds an internationally significant collection of Morris & Co tiles as well as significant works by William de Morgan
Victoria and Albert Museum
The new Ceramics Gallery is now open. Tiles are also on display in other Galleries in the Museum, (e.g. British Galleries, West Staircase and the Islamic Gallery). The cafe in the extensively tiled Morris, Gamble and Poyter rooms is worth a visit. Much of the tile collection is now available to view online Tiles · V&A (vam.ac.uk).
The Dutch Tile Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands.
Large collection of Dutch wall tiles and tile panels.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon, Portugal
The national tile museum. Extensive collection of Portuguese tiles.
Tile Museum Boizenburg, Germany (Erstes Deutsches Fliesenmueum)
Tile Museum in the beautiful old town of Boizenburg, Germany.
Roberto Pozzo tile collection
Web inventory of the amazing Roberto Pozzo tile collection held at the Gilliot & Roelants Tile Museum in Hemiksem (information only in Dutch for now). This collection of more than 9.000 tiles is a unique testimony to the blossoming of industrial tile manufacture in Belgium and neighbouring countries between 1840 and 1940. The collection includes magnificent Art Nouveau tiles as well as neo-style and Art Deco tiles. It is exceptional both for its scope and its diversity, thanks to the great variety of formats, periods, styles, types, techniques and origins.
Ancient Monuments Society
Study and conservation of ancient monuments and historic buildings
Campaign for Real Ale and quality pubs
Decorative Arts Society
The Decorative Arts Society encourages the study and appreciation of the applied arts, architecture and interior design on an international basis throughout Europe and America from 1850 to the present
Churches and Church Architecture
Northern Ceramics Society (NCS) Society
Publications, meetings, seminars and visits concerning the history of pottery & porcelain
Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery Society
Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian and Lancastrian pottery and tiles
Scottish Pottery Society
Research into the history and products of the Scottish pottery industry
Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
The Twentieth Century Society
The Twentieth Century Society exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards
National society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts.
American Art Pottery Association
Society for creators, delers and collectors of American Art Pottery
Friends of Terra Cotta
Non-profit organisation promoting education and research in the preservation of architectural terra cotta and related ceramic materials.
Heritage and Architectural Related Sites
Association for Industrial Archaeology
National organisation for people who share an interest in Britain’s industrial past
BBC Antiques Online
Information on Antiques from the BBC
The Building Conservation Website: information centre for the conservation,restoration and repair of historic buildings
Historic environment division of Welsh Assembly
Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Garden Trust Charity
Water Tower with a splendid early 18th century bathroom with tile lined plunge bath.
The Civic Trust – Urban Environmental Charity
Education resources from the Shrewsbury museums service
English Heritage exists to protect and promote England’s spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood
Historic Scotland Listed Buildings
Images of England with the EH listed buildings database
Photographic record of England’s listed buildings
Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Professional institute which represents conservation professionals
Looking at Buildings with the Pevsner Architectural Guides
Educational resource created by the Pevsner Architectural Guides
National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
National Trust for Scotland
Public Statues and Sculpture Association (PSSA)
Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland
Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales
Bringing authentic information and images together to help you discover places in Scotland
The Churches Conservation Trust
National charity which cares for over 340 of England´s finest historic churches which are no longer required for regular parish worship
The National Heritage List for England
The National Heritage List for England is a searchable database of all nationally designated heritage assets including Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens, Registered Battlefields and Protected Wreck Sites.
Victorian Turkish Baths
Victorian Turkish Baths: their origin, development, & gradual decline
World Monuments Fund Britain
The World Monuments Fund in Britain is a non-governmental organisation that works to secure the future of exceptional works of architecture through fundraising, conservation management, education, advocacy and partnership building.
Historic England Care and Conservation of Historic Architectural Tiles