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Tea for II is our exciting new online exhibition, inspired by the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

A comfort of family life, a shared rest from work and a warming treat; a cup of tea is quintessentially British and symbolic of home.

"My dear friends, this is your hour. This is not victory of a party or of any class. It's a victory of the great British nation as a whole."
Winston Churchill
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Tea and the Home Front

Tea has been a staple part of British culture since the 1700s, and it played an important role during the Second World War both at home and abroad.

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Tea on the Front Line

For soldiers, sailors and airmen serving abroad, tea was also an important part of their daily routine. Even in treacherous times, tea helped to boost morale. It reminded people on the Front Line of home, giving them a moment of normality.

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Tea and VE Day

At the beginning of May 1945 Germany signed an unconditional surrender, bringing an end to the war in Europe. The war which had torn apart homes, families and communities. People gathered and partied in the streets.

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VE Day on the Front Line

Many soldiers on the Front Line celebrated, building bonfires and drinking local drinks.

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VE Day Around the World

VE Day was celebrated around the world. Discover how different countries celebrated the end of the war in Europe.

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Tea for II Outdoor Installation

The Tea for II outdoor installation is a new artwork produced in collaboration with students studying BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

The piece commemorates 75 years since the end of the Second World War. It was also inspired by Staffordshire’s famous pottery industry.

The artwork was produced in response to the Ancient Burial Mound, on which it is now being exhibited. The Ancient Burial Mound is over 3500 years old, and is believed to have been a site of ritual, remembrance and community gatherings. The students drew parallels between the activities that took place on the Ancient Burial Mound thousands of years ago and those that took place on VE Day.