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Shadows of Empire – A Taste of Tea at Preston Manor

Preston Manor & Gardens
15 September to 13 October 2024
exhibition item: Antique, Chinese figurine drinking tea
An automaton depicting a tea-drinking Chinese stereotype, reflecting the problematic and dehumanising portrayal of Asian people and cultures prevalent in the Victorian era. 1884.

Shadows of Empire – A Taste of Tea at Preston Manor

Sunday 15 September and Sunday 13 October, 2pm – 4.30pm

Ages 12+.  £28

 

This special experience combines an introduction to the dark history of tea with a lovely bespoke tea tasting with Tea Sommelier in residence, Kim Jack-Riley.

The elegant manor house serves as the backdrop to an interactive experience, exploring the dark history of the tea trade and the terrible price people paid so we could enjoy our cuppas. Unwrap the story through hands-on puzzles, previously unseen images and curios including the newly restored mechanical Edwardian Dream Machine.

At the end of the tour, relax in our Victorian Kitchen as expert Kim Jack-Riley presents you with four teas, infused with flavours and recipes from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, to the sounds of music from around the world.

Tickets to this unique experience are strictly limited. Book your place now to enjoy an afternoon of history, culture and taste.

 

Please note that this experience deals with some uncomfortable themes, including addiction, and is suitable for people aged 12 and over.

The story of tea is not just one of commerce and culture, but also one of exploitation, oppression, division and the enduring legacy of historical injustices. At Brighton & Hove Museums, we recognise that exploring this history evokes difficult emotions for many people.

 

Playlist Curator Mark Riley and Tea Sommelier Kim Jack-Riley
Playlist Curator Mark Riley and Tea Sommelier Kim Jack-Riley
exhibition item: Antique, Chinese figurine drinking tea
An automaton depicting a tea-drinking Chinese stereotype, reflecting the problematic and dehumanising portrayal of Asian people and cultures prevalent in the Victorian era. 1884.
Dying for a cuppa? Graphic design.

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