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Christopher Dresser Gallery

Dorman Museum holds the largest public collection of Christopher Dresser-designed items in the world.


  • Welcome
    • Good for families
  • Parking & transport
    • On site parking
    • Accessible by public transport
  • General
    • Toilets available
    • Shop
  • Access
    • Wheelchair friendly
    • Pushchair friendly
    • Lift
    • Accessible toilet


Nearest major road is A66. From the A66 or the A19 head for Middlesbrough town centre. Dorman Museum is located on Linthorpe Road and is brown-signed from the town centre and A66.

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Dorman Museum is proud to have the largest public collection of Christopher Dresser pieces in the world, in their dedicated Dresser Gallery.

A forward-thinking pioneer, Dresser embraced early industrialisation and the benefits it could provide to manufacturing.  While his contemporaries, including William Morris, rejected both mass production and modernity, Dresser saw the opportunity to use new methods of production to create items which were affordable and practical but still attractive.

Not limiting his talents to designing just one type of product, Dresser produced designs for everything from teapots to chairs, a huge variety of which are on display in the museum's gallery, and many of which look surprisingly up-to-date even today.

During his time in Middlesbrough, Dresser also established the Linthorpe Pottery.