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museums in london, uk

updated thu 27 jul 06


Jenny Lewis on wed 26 jul 06

Hi, travellers

Yes to everything Marcia said... but just a couple of warnings: the V&A main ceramics collection is closed for refurbishment, but there are still plenty of wonderful pots to see in other parts of the museum. The museum itself is a great day out, wear comfortable shoes!

Also - the Museum of Mankind no longer exists. The items that used to be shown in a separate building are now in the British Museum. Fantastic pottery in the Africa gallery, don't miss them.

And don't forget the Percival David Foundation one of my absolute favourites. Before you set out, check their opening times which I seem to recall are not great, used to be closed at weekends, I think they might still be. It's very near to the Brit Mus.

Also in that area is the Petrie Museum - wow, amazing fabulous ancient Egyptian pots plus lots of other stuff. Their opening times are complicated, definitely check in advance! The collection is part of the University of London and is mainly open for students, so the visiting public get a smaller amount of time to go and look.

Something I haven't been to see yet, but hoping to - until September 10th there is an exhition at the Wallace Collection in central London (near the back of Selfridges) of contemporary porcelain commissioned by Sevres. Sounds interesting. Anyone been to see it?



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May Luk on wed 26 jul 06

Hiya Jenny, Marta, Lisa and everybody else;

The Jameel Gallery at the V&A just opened on July 20,
06. According to Time Out London, 'the V&A claims to
have the most comprehensive holdings of Islamic
ceramics - the Jameel Gallery has set itself the task
of covering a period that begins with the birth of
Islam in the seventh century and ends with the fall of
the Ottoman Empire in the last century.'

Percival David (Chinese ceramics) closes at 5 pm
weekdays and it is not open weekends.

The Wallace Collection has a good selection of Italian
maiolica's. I was there recently and the Serves was
interesting. The Serve contemporary porcelain wasn't
worth making a trip from Eastleigh, though. For the
visitors, The Wallace Collection is like the Frick
Collection in New York City, except it's free. It's a
nice relaxing place to go and hang out a bit and have

A couple of links that might show some interesting
events, there will be massive open stuidos near the
end of the year. Thereís also Ceramics in the City,
Chelsea Craft, CPA Autumn fair in Oxford (an hour from
London) some time in September/October.

I just came back from Stoke-on-Trent a week ago and it
was fantastic! V&A 6th floor looked like a car boot
sale(dark and messy) compared with the display at the
Pottery Museum. This is 3 hours 45 mins from London on
a coach bus. Iíll post some photos later on Flickr.
Itís been too hot and I canít sit too long in front of
the computer. I live above a restaurant and I donít
have AC. The studio is worse; steaming in the summer,
freezing in the winter Ė typical!

Please feel free to email me privately if you have any
queries about London. Iíll try to find answers for

London, UK