Derry City & Strabane - Exciting new exhibition in the Tower Museum discovers the history of tea and its journey to Ireland




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Exciting new exhibition in the Tower Museum discovers the history of tea and its journey to Ireland

04 April 2023

19th April 2023 – 30th June 2023


A tea-rific new exhibition is to launch in the Tower Museum this Spring, looking at the heritage and history of the most-loved hot beverage in the country.

‘You, Me & Tea’ is a new social heritage project, developed by leading diversity charity ArtsEkta and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Filled with tea-tastic stories, memories and collections, it looks at the heritage of tea in Northern Ireland and the connections with China and India.

‘You, Me & Tea’ discovers the origins and history of tea and its journey to Ireland, as well as the story of  past tea merchants and present tea suppliers.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Sandra Duffy welcomed the new exhibition, declaring her over-arching love of a hot cuppa. 

“We are a nation of tea-lovers, myself included, and this is lovely to see this heart-warming exhibition come to the Tower Museum for the Spring. Like a lot of us, I absolutely love a cup of tea, and I couldn’t be without it. It’s fascinating to learn about the origins and connections with China and India and how it ended up here in Ireland.

“I’d like to welcome the developers ArtsEkta to Derry and thank them for bringing this interesting exhibition here. Everyone loves tea and everyone will love to learn more about it. ArtsEkta do a fantastic job at brining communities together by creating projects that inspire audiences to engage with the diversity, tastes, rhythms and sights that make up the multicultural life here in Ireland.”

The exhibition will be working with several community groups across Northern Ireland and will include an engagement programme of talks and workshops for visitors, the project looks at bringing the Chinese and Indian communities together as participants, artists, and volunteers to have a brew together and discuss all things tea related.

The ‘You, Me & Tea’ exhibition will be hosted in The Tower Museum from the 19th April until 30th June 2023.

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