Since 1981 the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society has served as Britain’s 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 14thcenturies 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.

Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society

For general queries relating to the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS), please email the TACS Secretary or write to

Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society Secretary
c/o The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Bethesda Street

For membership queries please contact the Membership Secretary or use the Membership Form

For sales of TACS Publications, please contact Buckland Books.


For more information please visit www.tilesoc.org.uk by clicking below:

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