A Tale of Tea Cities Exhibition

A Tale of Tea Cities Exhibition Come visit us March 15 - June 16 at the Scottish Fisheries Museum! The exhibit examines tea trade an


Happy Tea Wednesday!
We've decided to postpone our traditional Tuesday post to talk about May Dip. That big St Andrews event consists in students waking up (very) early to dunk into the North Sea and wash away all of the Student Life's excesses of the year. Even if your Tea Crew is made of true saints, we wanted to give it a go and reward ourselves with a hot tea in front of the sun rise afterwards.
We also want to wish the best of luck to all of our fellow students who will have exams in the next weeks! ๐Ÿค“๐ŸŒฟ


We just wanted to say thank you for your donation and the support you've given us!
Time to spill the tea: with your help, we've raised the incredible amount of ยฃ345! With this money, we were able to purchase more than enough supplies for our various education events.
We've bought tea bags for painting, pot holders and tea plant seeds for our gardening activity and we've acquired a variety of other arts and crafts supplies for learning events. Because of your generous support, children and adults in Fife can learn about the history of tea and its cultural importance. You also helped us as students to learn and grow while also implementing what we believe a 21st century museum should do for the community. We really could not have done this without all of you and we are very grateful for all of your help. Thank you!


For this belated Friday fact, we're looking at Captain Alexander Rodgers! An Anstruther native, Rodgers commanded a ship by the age of 22 and he sailed from Glasgow to Australia where he joined the gold rush in the 1850s. In 1866 his ship, the Taeping, won the Great Tea Race from Feuzhou, China to London. You can find out more about Rodgers and the great tea races at our exhibition in the Scottish Fisheries Museum now until June 16th!


For this Tea Tuesday, did you know that genuine Darjeeling tea is grown in an area of India at the foot of the Himalayas thatโ€™s less than 70 square miles large. For this reason, Darjeeling is highly prized and known as the โ€œChampagne of teas." Do any of you tea lovers enjoy Darjeeling? โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŸ


Hello everyone! For today's Friday Fact did you know that you can actually paint with tea? You can see for yourself tomorrow at the Scottish Fisheries Museum during our Painting with Tea Bags event! Our very own education team, Aren and Jasmine, will be leading the way. All children (up to age 12 - under 8 must be accompanied by an adult) can attend a session at 11 am. For adults, (ages 13 and up) there is another session at 2 pm. Both events are capped at 20 participants. For children, sign up via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/painting-with-tea-bags-tickets-57791478869?fbclid=IwAR3GohW_gkY370W1oFYBPy1n6l31Sr_T2pfdV36qVo7NxNj4rdKzwRG_tvE
For adults, sign up via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-life-painting-with-tea-tickets-57791970339?aff=ebapi&fbclid=IwAR3YTrMaDOipP8_lyv1prZR3qQbTqSOmVQI2LoA_zWtwl4L5OTneYYxsgsM


Hello tea lovers! It's tea Tuesday and we have an exciting event coming up this Saturday! At the Scottish Fisheries Museum at 2 pm all adults and young adults (ages 13 and up) are invited to explore the process of using an alternative material to create a classical still-life painting. In our case, we will be brewing tea to use as paint! At this event, you will sketch and paint a traditional tea set. No previous experience necessary. This event is capped at 20 participants, so sign up through the following link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-life-painting-with-tea-tickets-57791970339
We hope to see you there! โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŽจ


Ready for a new Friday fact?! In the 18th century, gold teapots were often given as prizes for horse races. This one was made by James Ker in 1738 for the Leith Race. This was the most important horse race in Scotland in the 18th century and it was started by the future King James VII and II while he was still the Duke of Albany. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿด


Fun Friday Fact: on December 16, 1773 during the Boston Tea Party the Sons of Liberty (a secret organization in the American colonies that sought to fight British taxation) dumped over 340 chests of British East India Company tea that weighed over 92,000 pounds into the Boston Harbour. The British East India Company reported ยฃ9,659 in damage, which is worth about ยฃ1.4 million today! โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿšข


Hello Tea Lovers!
It's Tea Tuesday ! But it's also Easter Holiday for the Tea Crew, time to breathe, to enjoy the little pleasures of life.
It's almost spring, and for this occasion let's contemplate how beautiful Nature is ! Here is a little watercolour by Margaux, featuring the simplicity and yet perfection of tea leaves (our favourite plant of all).
Make yourself a cup of tea, sit down, enjoy. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ–Œ
@ Scotland

Installation week: through the looking glass

Hello Tea Lovers !
We're happy to be back after The Facebook and Instagram bug!
Last Thursday was our opening night and we're delighted to announce that the exhibition is officially OPEN !

But how was the last sprint before the opening? We're glad you ask because Sophie has the answer! Take a look at her amazing diary-style article about the installation week! ๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŒฟ


By Sophie Tonight, we open our exhibition doors to the public for the first time! Since September we have all been working hard researching, planning and designing the exhibition and it has finallyโ€ฆ


Hello tea lovers! Ready for Tea Tuesday? Did you know that when tea first became popular in Britain people sometimes used teapots with slogans or religious messages painted on them? For example, a crucifixion or โ€œyour conversation be upon the gospel of Christโ€ helped to remind people to keep the conversation clean. Other teapots were brought to parties with โ€œpolitical slogansโ€ decorated on them. Some may have been commissioned for use at electioneering tea parties where votes were canvassed. Teapots generally lent to the tone of the event. The rich could display their wealth and fashionable design demonstrated taste. Take a look at a few of these teapots to see the different ways a teapot could express identity and opinion! โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŸ


This is all about our exhibition. We've started installing and we couldn't be more excited! Did you know that before each item goes on display in an exhibition, they have to be individually checked to ensure nothing is damaged and that everything is ready to be displayed? It's a tough job, but our lovely team members Aren and Jasmine are doing it really well. We can't wait for all of you to see what we've been working on! โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŸ
@ Scottish Fisheries Museum


Happy Tea and Pancake Tuesday to everyone !
Last week the Museum and Galleries Studies class visited the Glasgow Riverside Museum. We were ecstatic when we found out they have an interactive game about the Great Tea Race ! Of course we had to try ourselves... Even if Margaux was the fastest to arrive in London, Katie won the race because she had the best balance between the amount of tea she shipped and the expenses for the travel. The moral of this story is : speed doesn't guarantee success!
Thanks for this very cool visit ! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒฟโ›ต
@ Riverside Museum

A Tale of Tea Cities

Unfortunately, as not enough numbers could attend to tell our tale, we must cancel our murder mystery game night. Thank you to everyone who showed interest. If you would like to see more of our events in the future, keep updated with out page or our website at www.taleoftea.com. Thanks everyone!

An Exhibition about Tea Shipping and Consumption around the 19th Century


Happy St. David's Day tea lovers! In honor of today's holiday, we're dedicating our to Wales. In Wales, instead of eating scones with tea, people typically ate Welsh Cakes. These were made as a treat to serve at afternoon tea, and were also given to children with their school lunches. The cakes are a cross between a cookie, a scone, and a pancake. Made from simple pantry items like flour, sugar, milk and butter, Welsh Cakes are considered a special treat since they take a great deal of time and effort to make.


Join us on March 5th for our mystery game night and solve the crime of Lady L.'s murder. There is a ยฃ4 entry and drinks and snacks are provided. Please RSVP ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿง


Only 20 day until the exhibition opens!! We can't wait for all of you to see what we have been working on so far. We also need to send a huge shout out to our sponsor Vegware. Sustainability has been an important issue for us when planning this exhibit, from publishing catalogs and other material that can be recycled to finding ways to enjoy tea sustainably, we made sure we were thinking about the earth and our environmental impact. So when Vegware agreed to sponsor our exhibition and provide products for our opening night through their Community Fund, we were excited to say the least. Vegware's products are compostable and environmentally friendly - check them out at https://www.vegware.com/
See you in 20 days! โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŸ


Continuing with our fortune telling theme this week, this post is about the history of tasseography! Fortune telling dates back to the classical period with references made o different types in various myths and stories, such as Iliad and Odyssey. However, reading tea leaves is a relatively newer form of divination. The practice spread during the seventeenth century when Dutch merchants introduced tea to Europe. As a cheap method of fortune-telling, it only required a cup of tea and so became increasingly popular as a means to tell the future.


Happy Tea Tuesday! Today we had our tea leaf reading fundraiser. Thanks to everyone who dropped in - hopefully your futures were enlightened! โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŸ


For our belated Tea Tuesday, this is just a sampling of the fun painting you can do at one of the education events for our exhibit! Be on the lookout for the dates on our website at https://taleoftea.com


Friday facts! Did you know that there are over 1,500 different types of tea? Some teas like white, green, and black are made from tea plants. Others, such as rooibos, blue, and herbal have completely different sources. We've included a basic list of categories below. What kind of tea is your favorite? โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿƒ
Tea is generally divided into categories based on how it is processed: White, Yellow, Green, Oolong, Black, Fermented, Rooibos, Blue, and Herbal.


Happy Chinese New Year to you all tea lovers! To celebrate this amazing event, here's matcha art created by Azam !
This year is Earth pig, a very eco-friendly one you may say.
If you want to know more about Chinese New year, visit chinesenewyear.net
Comment below your astrological sign! ๐Ÿ– ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒฟ


We've got another blog post ready for all of you! This time, our very own Jasmine Montgomery wrote about tea and the Chinese New Year! Check it out below... ๆ–ฐๅนดๅฟซไน (xฤซn niรกn kuร i lรจ) - Happy New Year! โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŽ‰


We would have LOVED to see the royal couple during their visit to the V&A Dundee museum, but we had class.... โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŸ


Drumroll please....... our blog is now officially live!!! Starting next week, we'll be posting about different tea facts, our exhibition's progress, and other tea-rrific topics! You'll get to see a behind the scenes at our progress and hopefully you'll enjoy the journey just as much as we have. You check it out on our website under "Follow Our Journey": https://taleoftea.com/blog/
Thanks for all of your support so far! ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŸโ˜•๏ธ


Happy Burns Night tea fans!
How are all of you celebrating this evening? Here's to a night filled with haggis!

"Good luck to you and your honest, plump face,
Great chieftain of the pudding race!
Above them all you take your place,
gut, stomach-lining, or intestine,
You're well worth a grace as long as my arm."




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We now have a blog ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ
Hi everyone! I and my exhibition team at St. Andrews could use your help. We're creating a museum exhibition for our program at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther and we are currently fundraising for our education programmes.

The education programme for A Tale of Tea Cities exhibition aims to cultivate a learning experience that calls on the senses and offers opportunities for creativity. The Tea Race of 1866 provides an exciting backdrop to explore tea, from its traditional purpose of consumption to a more alternative purpose as an art material.

As part of this programme, we will incorporate a wide range of activities - from painting with tea and planting tea seedlings, to tasting teas by geographical region, as we plot the route of the clipper ships featured in our exhibition.
Our aim is to provide events that will offer hands on learning experiences for both adults and children alike. We would be thrilled if you would like to support us in the delivery of this.

Through this crowfunding, you can make a difference by donating to our Education Programming fund !

Thank you so much for your help and following our journey. We truly appreciate it !

-The Tea Crew