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Tunbridge Ware Face Screen

This piece shows the early whitewood form of Tunbridge ware which preceded the better known mosaic wares of the Victorian era. It is decorated with a hand-coloured print of the Pantiles.


Tunbridge ware is Britain’s oldest souvenir industry, illustrating Kent’s importance as a tourist destination and its self-publicity as a destination of choice.

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery,
Civic Way,
Monson Road,
Royal Tunbridge Wells,


Tunbridge ware was created from the 1680s to provide visitors to the Wells with a memento of their stay. The original owner was the Duchess of Wellington, who stayed in Tunbridge Wells on a number of occasions.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Individuals, Artists, Craft Makers and Designers
  • KS2: Local History, Artists, Architects and Designers in History
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1745-1901, History of Art, Craft, Design and Architecture


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