Online Winter Talks

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.

Museum Director Sophie Heath introduces expert speakers Dr Lisa Sheppy, artist and researcher, and Paul Crane, porcelain authority and direct descendant of Worcester porcelain founder Dr Wall.

Wednesday 21 February, 6pm – Dr Lisa Sheppy takes us on ‘An Artist’s Exploration of the Historic Technique of Tissue Transfer-printing on Ceramics’.

Tissue transfer-printing on ceramics was a revolutionary technique pioneered at Dr Wall’s Worcester porcelain manufactory. It enabled the mass re-production of elaborate and fashionable artist engravings on porcelain items for a wider range of people. Lisa Sheppy brings an artist’s and printmakers eye to the history and possibility of this technique. She presents findings and practical explorations from her PhD studies including research in the Museum’s collections and archives. Join us on this artist exploration and reimagining of this particular method of production through the lens of contemporary printmaking and what it offers designers and artists into the future.

Wednesday 20 March, 6pm – porcelain expert Paul Crane presents ‘Nature, Porcelain and the Enlightenment – George Edwards’ “Uncommon Birds” on Worcester and Chelsea porcelain’.

George Edwards’ enlightenment publication of  ‘A Natural History of Uncommon Birds’ was published in four volumes between the years of 1743 and 1751. Paul Crane shows how this exquisitely illustrated work was used as direct inspiration by artist enamellers and model-makers at both the Worcester Manufactory during the First Period Dr Wall era and also at the Chelsea Porcelain manufactory in London.

Save the dates and Reserve Your Spot for our online winter talks there is no ticket charge to join our zoom lectures. We welcome donations to sustain and develop our work.

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The earlier talks in the series were recorded and are available to watch here

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.


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.


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