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Let’s Chat: River of Tea

We invited you to see an exhibition of Tim Smith’s photographs retracing the route of the early tea trade, and contribute your thoughts about how we should tell stories in our galleries.

River of Tea is a series of photographs by Tim Smith, exploring how the early tea trade sparked the migration of people from Bangladesh to Britain. Created in partnership with communities in Bradford, the display also featured videos and other imagery to bring this fascinating story to life.


Let’s Chat

River of Tea was part of Let’s Chat, a new project offering a way for you to tell us what you want to see at the museum. Feedback from this exhibition will help us shape future exhibitions and displays.

Read more about Let’s Chat

Read more on our blog

We all know that tea enjoys a special place in British culture—but the fascinating story behind the nation’s favourite beverage is rarely told. In this post, Tim Smith explores that story and explains how it inspired River of Tea.

Read the blog post: The story behind River of Tea

This exhibition was supported with public funding from Arts Council England.

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