Porcelain: From China to Europe

Porcelain: From China to Europe

Jun 15 , 2022

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The Chinese have been crafting porcelain for over 1000 years before The East India Company even arrived in China in 1637, when their east-west trad...

Porcelain: From Chinoiserie to Brown Betty

Porcelain: From Chinoiserie to Brown Betty

Jun 15 , 2022

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The British and European appetite for beautifully designed porcelain had been well and truly whetted, with Chinese artisans enjoying great populari...

Legend: Emperor Wan Tu Discovers Tea

Legend: Emperor Wan Tu Discovers Tea

Jun 14 , 2022

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Extract taken from “The East India Company Book of Tea” by Anthony Wild. There are many legends about the discovery of tea, none of which have soli...

Trade and Spice

Trade and Spice

Jun 10 , 2022

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Spices and the spice trade have been an enormous influence in global political, social, and economic developments for over 1000 years. They were co...

The Story of Marmalade

The Story of Marmalade

Jun 10 , 2022

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Paddington Bear and the officers of the original East India Company had one thing in common – a love of marmalade on voyage. Britain has long been ...

Tea Breaks & Tea Ladies

Tea Breaks & Tea Ladies

Jun 08 , 2022

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In the early years of the 1600s, The East India Company was run out of the private residence. When East India House was opened as the new Headquart...

A Typical Day at Sea?

A Typical Day at Sea?

Jun 08 , 2022

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The East India Company was one of England’s most powerful trading companies. It shipped goods in great quantities from Asia to England, such as val...

The Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms

Jun 08 , 2022

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The original East India Company was honoured by being granted a Coat of Arms by HM Queen Elizabeth I. It was given as a symbol of her confidence in...