Sharpes Pottery Museum is a historic wedding venue situated in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, in the East Midlands of England. This Grade II listed building was once the site of a renowned sanitary pottery factory founded in 1821. Today, it has been reimagined as a unique events venue and museum dedicated to preserving and promoting local history and industry. Here, you can celebrate your wedding journey in the original Kiln and Glaze Room, two beautiful spaces that can be curated to reflect your vision.
Facilities and Capacity
Sharpes Pottery Museum is the ideal setting for intimate micro weddings and receptions for up to 100 people. You can avail of exclusive hire of the entire venue or rent either event space for half and full-day options. The Kiln is a stunning space characterised by the original conical kiln ceiling, exposed brick walls, and a striking cyclical shape. The balcony provides the perfect spot for your wedding DJ and an in-house projector and screen can be used to showcase photos and videos on the walls of The Kiln. The Glaze Room features low ceilings, arched brick-work, and an industrial-chic aesthetic that lends itself to both traditional and contemporary parties. There is space for entertainment, casual buffets, or seated meals. Depending on your preferences, the spaces facilitate seated gatherings for between 30 and 50 guests or standing receptions for 100 friends and family members. Should you opt for exclusive hire, you can enjoy the courtyard and gardens for drinks parties and photograph opportunities.
The in-house wedding coordinator wants to bring your vision to life at Sharpes Pottery Museum. They offer assistance at every stage of the planning process, from recommending trusted suppliers to providing on-the-day guidance and management. Among the suppliers available are beauty consultants, catering, decor and venue styling, officiants, and more.
Thomas Sharpe founded this heritage site in 1821, establishing a world-renowned sanitary pottery works during the nineteenth century. The pottery closed in 1968 and was repurposed and preserved as a museum at a later date. Today, the venue is managed by Sharpe’s Pottery Heritage and Arts Trust, a local charity that promotes and supports history, community gatherings, and cultural pursuits.