Online Winter Talks – Watch Again

November 2023 - March 2024

Our Winter programme of monthly online talks continues in February and March 2024 celebrating some of the most exceptional achievements of Worcester porcelain.


watch again

This series has now finished, but earlier talks were recorded and are available to watch here:

Wednesday 20 March – Paul Crane explored Nature, Porcelain and the Enlightenment – George Edwards’ “Uncommon Birds” on Worcester and Chelsea porcelain‘. 

Wednesday 15 November – Dr Neil Buttery discussed ‘Navigating Nineteenth-century English Meals – changing manners and fashions explored through Worcester porcelain.

Wednesday 13 December – Oral history producer and former BBC journalist, Julia Letts presented ‘Anecdotes from the Archive including festive recollections of Christmas-time at Royal Worcester’, sharing stories and memories from former Royal Worcester workers that she interviewed just before factory closure.

Wednesday 17 January – John Sandon took us Shopping with Dr Wall – a visit to Worcester’s London Showroom in 1755.

Wednesday 21 February – Dr Lisa Sheppy presented ‘An artist’s exploration of the historic technique of tissue transfer-printing on ceramics‘.


Dr Neil Buttery is a British food historian, social evolution scientist, professional chef, TV and Radio star and author of A Dark History of Sugar and Before Mrs Beeton: Elizabeth Raffald, England’s Most Influential Housekeeper. Find out  more at

Julia Letts is a consultant specialising in oral history and audio production with over 25 years’ experience including several years as a BBC journalist. Julia is an accredited trainer and West Midlands networker for the Oral History Society.

John Sandon is a recognised authority on Worcester porcelain and a BBC Antiques Roadshow expert. He was Bonhams International Director of European Ceramics and Glass for many years, and is now a consultant. He is a trustee of the Museum of Royal Worcester.

Dr Lisa Sheppy is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher whose PhD thesis, ‘An industrial craft reinstated: a printmaker’s perspective on tissue transferware’, drew upon findings from the Museum’s collections and archives. Through the lens of contemporary printmaking, she is able to explore such historic techniques and reflect upon what they can offer artists and designers into the future.

Paul Crane Paul trained at Christie’s and then became a specialist in the European Ceramics Department at Phillips Auctioneers before joining The Brian Haughton Gallery in 2001. He is a direct descendant of Dr. Wall (founder of the Worcester Porcelain Manufactory 1751) is a Trustee at the Museum of Royal Worcester.


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