On the Tiles


John Scott - credit Howard Sooley

The curtain has been raised on the much-anticipated John Scott Gallery at Jackfield Tile Museum, featuring an awe-inspiring collection of over 1,500 British decorative tiles, donated by a remarkable private collector.

Scott’s discerning eye for design and has brought together a collection that reflects the changing tastes of a nation over the last 150 years. Expect to see a roll call of prestigious design names, with highlights including Pugin’s Gothic Revival tiles rescued from the bomb-damaged Southwark Cathedral.

Fido’s favourite? A set of tile panels denoting reading sections in WH Smith stores from the 1930s – a rare glimpse into how these beautiful designs appeared as part of every day life.

WHSmith tiles

The story has truly captured the imagination of the media, with features in titles including the Financial Times, Homes & Antiques and Condé Nast Traveller among Fido’s successes.

Check out NADFAS’ interview with Mr Scott here Nadfas.tv/documentaries or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk to find out more.

Image credit: Howard Sooley.