Armagh’s iconic teapot ready for golden treatment


Armagh’s ‘Golden Teapot’ has undergone significant restoration work in repairing this iconic piece of treasured gold, with the next stage of works consisting of gold leaf gilding to restore its golden glow.

Specialised ‘gold leaf gilding’ workshops have been arranged to give the local community an opportunity to be part of restoring this treasured piece of Armagh’s heritage and history.  Guided by a skilled conservator local people are invited to experience this specialised decorative technique by applying gold leaf to the teapot.  Limited places are available for the workshop which will take place on Saturday 9 November 2019 at 10am-1pm in Armagh County Museum.

Sean Barden, Curator at Armagh County Museum said,

 “We are delighted to offer this exciting opportunity to the local community to be a part of the Golden Teapot’s history.  With no experience needed we welcome people of all ages to come along and participate in the gilding workshop or simply drop-in to the museum to view the much-missed Golden Teapot.

“Having cared for the broken teapot for nearly 20 years, and as the current owner. Armagh County Museum will ensure this iconic piece of Armagh’s treasure is protected and preserved for future generations, with a strategy for its long-term, sustainable future being carefully considered, and once complete we look forward to showcasing the Golden Teapot.”

Armagh’s Golden Teapot dates back to around 1870 when it was erected above a premises in Scotch Street and remained there for over a century until it was unfortunately dismounted by an articulated-lorry in the 1990s.  In its dismantled form, it was donated to Armagh County Museum nearly 20 years ago and has been carefully preserved in the museums climate controlled stores until now.  Once conservation works are complete, the Golden teapot will be on public display in the Armagh County Museum.

As the owner of the teapot, Armagh County Museum is working in partnership with Armagh City Townscape Heritage who is responsible for leading the major investment of £6.3 million to transform the city centre.  Funded by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the five-year Armagh City Townscape Heritage project will restore and enhance properties by bringing historic spaces back into sustainable use.

To book a place at the workshop please email before Wednesday 6 November or call 028 3752 9600 ext. 3302.