When The Porcelain and Fine China Companies Limited who owned the intellectual property and trade name of Royal Worcester went into administration and the Worcester factory closed the Museum faced a perilous future due to reduced funding. Our motto has however always been to listen to our Friends and visitors and, without exception, each said ‘what a shame they couldn’t buy Royal Worcester made in England from Worcester anymore’. Whilst the brand Royal Worcester has continued to flourish under the ownership of Portmeirion Group UK Limited with a combination of UK manufactured and sourced products , we heard the words so frequently that it seemed a good idea to go to sales and try our hand at buying and selling antique and vintage porcelain in the shop. And so the venue started.
Although it does not meet the funding contribution made to the Museum in the past, the shop does cover overheads, channel the sale of goods donated to our shop directly to the Museum and gift aids its profit; thus the contribution is significant.
It also brings new visitors to our doors and is often the place locals visit when they want to take gifts abroad and buy presents for special occasions.
Every collector knows there is no better way to learn than to handle porcelain and learning about what we sell has improved the enjoyment of all those of us who work here. Several of the items have found their way into the Museum collections and can be seen in the galleries, but, owing to display and storage limitations our collections policy is quite strict and from time to time we obtain items of interest and rarity in areas in which we have representations.
This initiative is purely derived from our Friends who donated pots of all sizes and values to be sold in the Museum Shop. It started in a small way and has grown to the point where proceeds from sales this year to the end of February have reached £1,349.20
Every single penny goes towards care of the collections and Museum overheads and, if donors are UK tax payers and willing to Gift Aid their donations, we can increase that sum by a further 25 pence in the pound.
If you have any Royal Worcester pots in your attic or the back of your cupboards that you no longer need and would be happy to donate for sale in our shop do, please, bring them with you next time you visit the Museum. No matter how big or small they are, our visitors delight in buying a piece of Royal Worcester to take with them, so we can guarantee they go to a good home, as endorsed by one lady’s answer to the question in a recent survey ‘What was the favourite part of your visit?’ said: “Buying my own piece of Royal Worcester to take home!”.