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Aquatic Tea Party by the West Pier. Print of an aquatic tea party by Brighton's West Pier, late 19th century. A seated man on a raft pours tea while swimmers, and people riding on mock horses made from barrels gather around.

Shadows of Empire: Taking Tea at Preston Manor

Preston Manor & Gardens
24 May to 27 October 2024
Black & white photography of J. Lyons Cos tea shop's window display.
J. Lyons & Co's tea shop

Shadows of Empire: Taking Tea at Preston Manor

24-25-26 May

Time slots available each of the days:

12pm – 2pm //// 2pm – 4pm (including a cup of tea)

Saturdays & Sundays from 1 June to 27 October

Slots available between 11am & 4pm

Admission: £20 (the ticket price includes a souvenir guide and a cup of tea) members £15, book in advance. Age 12+

From theft to drug smuggling to war, the history of tea holds shocking secrets.

This new interactive experience unwraps the story through hands-on interactive puzzles, previously unseen images and curios including the newly restored mechanical Edwardian Dream Machine.

Discover how past inhabitants and guests of Preston Manor enjoyed their cuppas oblivious to the human cost of teatime.

Thought-provoking with challenging adult themes including addiction, the experience concludes with a sit-down cup of tea in a real Victorian Kitchen.

 

Please note: this exhibition deals with adult themes, including addiction.

Image: Aquatic Tea Party by the West Pier © Brighton Swimming Club

Black & white photography of J. Lyons Cos tea shop's window display.
J. Lyons & Co's tea shop
Aquatic Tea Party by the West Pier. Print of an aquatic tea party by Brighton's West Pier, late 19th century. A seated man on a raft pours tea while swimmers, and people riding on mock horses made from barrels gather around.

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