AboutThe new exhibition tells the story of Royal Crown Derby’s heritage as well as showcasing the company’s connections to the capital and its members of the high society.
Told through incredible historic objects and designs that survive today, the story begins with Andrew Planché, from the jewellery trade in London and continues with William Duesbury and the purchase of the Chelsea porcelain factory, the opening of the London Showroom and the important first Royal Warrant.
The new exhibition presents some of the earliest and rarest pieces produced in Derby history. The exhibition is also showcasing an incredibly detailed 18th-century ornamental clock on loan from Derby Museums, made by Benjamin Vulliamy that incorporates Derby biscuit figures and is one of only a small number to have been made.
Much of the information in the new exhibition is taken from surviving documents and letters. It gives a fascinating and in-depth insight into the company’s heritage and extensive working relationships from days of old, some of which are still flourishing today with retailers including London-based Thomas Goode established in 1827. The exhibit also features a late 19th century inspired window display and explores the development of today’s consumer-led retail market, as well as looking at modern hospitality trade.
Royal Crown Derby Shop
The Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre has been created to provide an insight into the traditions, the history and the skills. Tour the factory, visit the museum, then finish your visit at the Royal Crown Derby Shop and 1750 tearoom.
The Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre has been created to provide an insight into the traditions, the history and the skills that go into making Royal Crown Derby so special. Visit the factory shop, coffee shop and Museum or take a Tour.
- Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2016
- Regional Tourist Board Member
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Baby changing facilities
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Free Parking
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Wheelchairs available
* Tours Tue - Thurs at 1.30pm
Tours last approx 90 mins.
Shop open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
1750 Tea Room open Tues - Fri 10am-4pm
Map & Directions
5 minutes from Derby City Centre, 10 mins from train station. Royal Crown Derby is on the A514 opposite the Derby Royal Infirmary follow the brown signs.
Accessible by Public Transport: Derby station is 2 miles away.
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.