Online Lunchtime Talks: Snapshots in the global history of tea

Discover the fascinating history of tea through a programme of short online talks in April 2022 in partnership with Art That Made Us Festival.

How did tea become the world’s favourite beverage and an enduring symbol of British culture? Join the Chitra Collection curatorial team as we explore how the taste for tea shaped the modern world.

From its origins in China, tea became a global trade commodity that fuelled British imperialism, triggered wars and revolutions, and generated complex social rituals involving the production and use of highly-crafted luxury tea services. Our stunning collection of historic tea wares tells this story.

Join us each Thursday lunchtime on Instagram Live for a 15 minute snapshot of the objects and stories in the collection!


7/04 12.30pm

14/04 12.30pm

21/04 12.30pm

28/04 12.30pm

These events are free to attend, follow us on Instagram to watch!

Art That Made Us Festival is an initiative by BBC to complement the series of the same name broadcast through April 2022. You can find the full schedule of events here.