Since 1981 the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society has served as Britainís national society which promotes the study and conservation of tiles and architectural ceramics. An international membership of individuals and institutions is drawn from the fields of tile museums, conservation, manufacturing (both industrial and craft), architecture, design, tile collecting and antiques.
Tiles have a history stretching back more than one thousand years. In the 13th and 14th centuries Europe’s churches were paved with decorated tiles. At the same time buildings in the Arab world were adorned with richly coloured tiles. Holland was an important centre for tiles in the 17th and 18th centuries and in the 19th century Britain pioneered mass-produced tiles. The 20th century has seen both a decline and a revival in tile-making. Tiles are now much collected and studied.
Tiles are all around us for everyone to enjoy. Ceramic tiles cover walls and floors, roofs and pavements, furniture and stoves, and can be seen in churches and mosques, pubs and shops, hospitals and homes. They are often combined with other forms of ceramics such as terracotta, faience and mosaic. The Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society is for anyone interested in tiles and decorative ceramics related to buildings.
For details on membership, please contact the TACS Membership Secretary, 27 Spurn Lane, Diggle, Oldham, OL3 5QP, United Kingdom, or click below for a printable membership application form and details of current subscription rates.
New members will receive back issues of the publications that have been published for the current subscription year.
Glazed Expressions, a colourful and well-researched magazine also including up-to-the-minute news items, which is published twice a year.
TACS Journal, a peer-reviewed international journal containing substantial articles of original research.The annual
TACS Events Programme, with visits to places of ceramic interest, many of which are not normally open to the public. Members are also able to take advantage of the
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The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) is a registered charity, number 289090