The Exhibition

The students of the Museum and Gallery Studies MLitt programme at the University of St Andrews are proud to present “A Tale of Tea Cities – Tea Shipping and Consumption Around the 19th Century”, in partnership with the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is located in Anstruther, Scotland, and its goal is to generate interest in the Scottish commercial fishing industry through educational programmes and displays. The museum itself is a charitable trust that houses a significant collection of items relating to the lives of Fife fisherfolk throughout history.

The Museum and Gallery Studies programme teaches students the theory behind museums, whilst also providing them with transferrable practical skills. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Scottish Fisheries Museum has given a team of students the opportunity to co-curate an exhibition focusing on the shipping and consumption of tea in the nineteenth century.

This exhibition and its accompanying educational programmes will bring a greater understanding of the history of tea, its international connections, and its prominence in the lives of people, both then and now.