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Tea Through Time

Follow our trail to learn about the history of taking tea in London homes - and the colonial history of tea

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How has tea has been taken in London homes through the last 400 years? What has tea meant to Hackney's diaspora communities? What does tea tell us about colonial histories?

Pick up our free, self-guided Tea Through Time trail at the Information Desk. The trail will take you around the Museum and finishes in our beautiful Gardens Through Time, with a display of herbs that can be made into teas.

On Saturday 21 May, the trail also includes a free cup of tea in the Gardens Through Time, where our volunteers can tell you about our project working with local people creating a tea blend for Hackney.

  • Explore tea-sets and tea-taking settings from different design periods 
  • Find out how the histories of sugar, mahogany, etiquette, class, slavery and service, belonging, migration and empire intersect through the seemingly simple act of taking tea at home
  • Families and children can interact with our Tea House installation, play at making tea and share their own teapot designs
  • Continue your learning at home by exploring tea objects and histories on our Museum collections site

    This event is part of the Chelsea Fringe festival of community gardens

Saturday, 21 May until Sunday, 29 May

Every day, 10am-5pm

Free, but donations welcome

Throughout the Museum, start at the Information Desk

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