History at the Dinner Table

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The Goods Yard, Glebe Street
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  • Open 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday (last admission 4pm)
    Closed to the public Monday and Tuesday
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The festival is closed to the public Mondays and Tuesdays.

Please note, last admission is at 4pm.

About History at the Dinner Table

As a little girl growing up on the island of Jamaica, Jaqueline Bishop’s grandmother had a large mahogany cabinet where she kept some of her most prized possessions: her bone china crockery. These delicate pieces were painted with bright, cheerful images of palaces and carriages and were only used on special occasions.  

As beautiful as these china dishes were, they often hid a violent history of slavery and colonialism by European countries. In ‘History at the Dinner Table’, Jaqueline changes the story by showing the legacy of slavery on the dishes instead. Despite their violent history, Bishop is also seduced and charmed by the delicacy and beauty of bone chinaware and she has sought to produce dishes equally as beautiful as the ones made by major European centers of bone china production. The work is exhibited in mahogany cabinets as mahogany was once a major luxury import from Jamaica to England. 


Exhibiting Artist

Jaqueline Bishop

Jaqueline Bishop website link. 



Ellie Dobbs

Ellie Dobbs website link.


Supported By

This exhibition is commissioned by SETSPACE and funded by Arts Council England.