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Let’s Chat: River of Tea

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 features videos and other imagery to bring this fascinating story to life.


Let’s Chat

River of Tea is part of Let’s Chat, a new project offering a way for you to tell us what you want to see at the museum.

When you enter the gallery, you’ll be able to pick up a feedback pack that will allow you to let us know your thoughts about how we’ve displayed images in River of Tea, and what types of stories you think we should be telling. The results 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 is supported with public funding from Arts Council England.

Part of the Science Museum Group