Two organisations at the heart of the revitalisation of the site of Worcester’s porcelain heritage are welcoming HRH Princess Alexandra on Wednesday 30 October to celebrate freshly regenerated spaces in these venues and the role of volunteers, entrepreneurs and community groups in creating a new cultural destination in the city.
The Museum of Royal Worcester, which looks after and exhibits the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world, is marking the major £1.7 million refurbishment and redisplay of the galleries supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that launched in the summer of 2018.
Royal Porcelain Works, Worcester’s new leading centre for the arts and culture, created in beautifully regenerated factory buildings, is recognising the investment of the Bransford Trust in this local hub for entrepreneurship and creativity in the county.
In the museum, HRH Princess Alexandra will meet staff, ex-Royal Worcester artists, who demonstrate ceramic techniques for visitors; and archive conservation volunteers. At Royal Porcelain Works, local entrepreneur Nick Weatherall will showcase his boutique gin distillery venture, Piston Gin, and local artists will show off the range of creativity and skills Worcestershire has to offer.
The royal guest will also witness the unveiling of the reinstallation of 30 ceramic plates – hand-painted with local scenes and wildlife by resident artist Tony Young – into the plaster mouldings in The Henry Sandon Hall, reinstating this historic feature of the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company’s Victorian showroom.
Sophie Heath, Director of the Museum of Royal Worcester, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such a special visitor to the museum to celebrate with us the recognition of 250 years of innovation, industry and craftsmanship in Worcester, and the transformation of the museum’s displays to tell the stories of the people who made and enjoyed these extraordinary objects.”
Sara Matthews, General Manager of the Bransford Trust and Royal Porcelain Works, added: “We feel really honoured to be welcoming Princess Alexandra later this month; we are justifiably proud of the multi-million pound redevelopment by the Bransford Trust of such an important historical site and look forward to showcasing this to the royal party.”
For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email email@example.com.
Photo caption: Sara Matthews, General Manager of the Bransford Trust and Royal Porcelain Works; and Sophie Heath, Director of the Museum of Royal Worcester.