Bow porcelain saucer decorated in underglaze blue, from excavations on the factory site, Stratford High Street (HNB06) © MOLA

London’s 18th-Century Porcelain Industry Workshop for Archaeologists

MOLA, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED

Time: 10.00-16.00

Price: Free

Join us in this free workshop, where you can learn all about porcelain manufacture in London from our experts.

It is in London that the early English porcelain industry has its roots. This workshop aims to present the archaeological evidence from five London manufactories, located at Isleworth, Chelsea, Vauxhall, Limehouse and Bow, along with the Isleworth porcelain dumps from Hanworth Road, Hounslow.

It is aimed chiefly at archaeologists and non-specialists, with a view to opening up understanding of the range and types of porcelain produced in London over a period of some 50 years. Excavated finds from most of the principal sites will be available for handling, and there will be talks on the various factories by acknowledged experts, as well as opportunities to view porcelain in the Museum of London’s Ceramics & Glass Collection. The workshop will also act as a forum for the exchange of knowledge concerning the main factories in question.

Supported by the City of London Archaeological Trust 

Places are limited, so please book in advance. To book, please contact Jacqui Pearce