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Until Saturday 1 October 2016.

Heritage Gallery.

Our homes are filled with ceramics. From teapots to tiles, baking bowls to bricks, prized ornaments to studio pieces, this exhibition celebrates their diversity. Jarred looks at how ceramics help us in our everyday lives, telling their story from 4000BC to the present day. Discover how ceramics have been used in social and religious rituals and to commemorate events, places or people. Explore the decorative styles that have influenced their design. Learn how bricks were locally produced on an industrial scale to build Lancashire's famous mills and terraces.

Ancient Roman and Egyptian pottery as well as Chinese and English porcelain can be seen in the display cases. Highlights include an ancient Greek vase attributed to the Swing Painter as well as new acquisitions by contemporary ceramists Paul Scott and Ikuko Iwamoto. Younger visitors can follow the White Rabbit and join Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party as well as laugh out loud at the tale of the tipper toilet and the naughty school boy.

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