Visit to The Tea History Collection in Banbury

The UK Tea Academy has organised an in-person visit to The Tea History Collection in Banbury.

The collection is private and viewing is by appointment only – making this a very special event!

Date: Thursday 23rd June, 2-5pm

Tickets £30 each
Tickets are strictly limited to 10 places – so book now to secure your place!

The Tea History Collection was created by Denys C. Shortt OBE to preserve important historical items associated with Tea. It was officially opened on last year’s International Tea Day.

The Collection has been created by Denys Shortt OBE and is based at the headquarters of his company DCS Group. For 30 years, Denys’s family managed tea estates in Assam, Uganda and Kenya, and his love of all things tea inspired him to collect and exhibit important historical items that tell the story of the British tea industry.

The idea of creating a new tea museum began when Denys was asked by Brian Writer (the now retired founder of Windmill Tea Company) to look after a large number of important high quality items of tea memorabilia, and the Collection now includes an amazing library of books and magazines about tea, tea companies, and the industry; past tea auction catalogues; vintage tea tins and adverts, old tea chests, historic brewing equipment; old flat-bottomed copper kettles that once were used to heat the water in tea tasting rooms; and glass jars containing historical samples of unusual teas. Denys has also sponsored the cataloguing of the entire Tea Collection at Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

The first UKTA group visited in October 2021 and had a wonderful afternoon browsing the books and magazines, tasting tea with retired tea broker Mike Bunston OBE, who entertained us with tales of the tea trade and his experience of the London tea auctions. Now we are organising a second trip to allow more tea lovers the chance to visit this very special collection.

More information about the collection can be found here.


  • Places are strictly limited to 10 people only
  • Attendees will need to organise their own transport to and from the collection
  • The ticket price includes entry to the collection and soft drinks throughout the afternoon

Price: £30

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