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Where To See Pewter Displays

Here is a selection of current and past displays that the reader may find interesting.
Many years ago, the Pewter Society began to keep notes about where people could see pewter. There follows here a selection taken from those notes. Visitors should check (Google? and then telephone?) as to opening dates and times and current exhibitions before going to visit. Towns and Cities where Antique Pewter can be seen include – Barnstaple Devon, Bewdley Worcs, Bretforton Warwickshire, Cambridge, Cheltenham, , Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Stirling, Stratford Upon Avon, Truro.
Arlington Court * Near Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP. Tel: 01271 850296 or email Small boxes, candlesticks, flagons,  porringers and spoons are of special interest, the measures section is large and  includes English, Scottish, Irish and many Channel Islands examples. The Rosalie Chichester pewter collection, which the Pewter Society  inventoried in 2000. A large representative cross section of pewter that  appealed to pewter collectors in the first decades of the 20th century.
Bewdley Museum Load St, Bewdley, Worcs DY12 2AE

Tel: 01299 403573 or email

In the 18th century, Bewdley was one of Britain’s most important  centres of pewter manufacture. There is a pewter gallery explaining the  manufacture and history of pewter, with many items on  display.
Cambridge University Archaeology & Ethnology Dept Navarro collection
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Clarence St., Cheltenham GL50 3JT

Tel: 01242 237431 or e-mail

The A.T. Isher Pewter Bequest Jan Gadd published by The Pewter Society.  Mostly 17th century items including church flagons, flat-lid tankards,  wrigglework plates and measures.
Geffrye Museum Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA; Tel: 020 7739 9893 Pewter displayed in a room decorated in the 17th century style, which also  includes the oak panelling and the plaster ceiling from the Master’s Parlour in  old Pewterers’ Hall, Lime Street
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove, Glasgow G3 8AG

Tel: 0141 287 2699 or email

Lewis Clapperton collection .
Mary Rose Museum

One of three historic ships based in Portsmouth, The Mary Rose is the only  16th century warship on display anywhere in the world.

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3LX

Tel: 02392 812931 or email

Built between 1509-11, she was one of the first ships able to fire a  broadside, and was a firm favourite of King Henry VIII. After a long and  successful career, she sank accidentally during an engagement with the French  fleet in 1545. Her rediscovery and raising were seminal events in the history of  nautical archaeology.

A new display of pewter entitled `Men of Wealth and Taste' shows part of the  world’s largest collection of 16th century pewter. It reveals the  world of the officers and gentlemen on board ship. With many items displayed for  the first time, the case contains over 80 items of pewter so respected in Tudor  times as a sign of wealth and taste amongst the aspiring middle classes. 74  items of pewter are catalogued on the on-line Artefact  Database.
Museum of London London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Tel: 0207 6003699 or email

The Museum's pewter collection, especially of 16th & 17th century items,  is unparalleled for its many examples with local provenance.

Pewter A Handbook of selected Tudor and Stuart pieces published 1983 by The  Pewter Society. They also have an extensive collection of medieval pewter mostly  found by mudlarks - more than 600 pewter pilgrim badges and souvenirs and small  secular badges, have been added to a collection already totalling about 250 in  1975. Another 500 or so of these are included in the Archaeological Archive.
Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

Including the Old Grammar School where pewter is also  displayed

The Square, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8LN

Tel: 01271 346747 or email

Comprises over 100 items, mainly from Devon and the West Country. Most of the  pewter is on display in period room settings.

The Stanley E Thomas pewter collection compiled by the Pewter Society in  1993. A great collection with several flagons, three being locally-made 17th  century 'beefeaters', 17th & early 18th century sadware, three wrigglework  plates, a rare Stuart candlestick, a dome-lidded tankard from Exeter & Co.
National Museum of Scotland Chambers St., Edinburgh, EH1 1JF. Tel: 0131 247 4442 or e-mail Several collections, with items of Scottish pewter displayed in a variety of  settings arranged mostly by use.
Pewterers’ Hall Oat Lane, London Catalogues of the Worshipful Company’s collection 1968 & 1979 published  by WCOP
Royal Cornwall Museum River Street, Truro , TR1 2SJ.

Tel: 0872 272205 or email

Numerous items of domestic pewter usually on display as part of room settings  or features on rural life. A small display of Cornish flatware and the Major  John Richardson collection within the reserve
Smith Art Gallery & Museum Dumbarton Rd., Stirling, FK8 2RQ

Tel: 01786 471917 or e-mail

British Pewter Collection from Roman Times to the 20th Century.Now housed in the main museum in a dedicated gallery of its own.The best display of British Pewter anywhere to be seen on public display.Assembled over many years and donated by the renowned collector Alex R Neish.
The Fleece Inn * Bretforton, Warwickshire

A black-and-white half-timbered medieval farmhouse, largely unaltered since  first becoming a licensed house in 1848. Recently fully restored following a  major fire in 2004.

The artefacts within were collected by the Taplin family whose last member,  Lola Taplin, bequeathed the house to the National Trust in 1979. Of particular  note is the 17th century pewter collection.
Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Tel: 020 7942 2000 or email

Room 116 contains a small pewter exhibit comprising two cases with English,  French and German pewter. Pewter at the V&A Museum by Anthony  North
Weston Park Museum

(formerly the City Museum and Mappin Art Gallery)

Weston Park, Sheffield, S10 2TP

Tel: 0114 278 2600.

Houses the City's collections of cutlery, Sheffield metalwork, ceramics,  coins, archaeology and ethnography, natural history and fine art.