The history of tea is unclear; however the popular story is this. In 2737 BC the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a Camellia sinensis tree Nearby a servant was boiling water when the tree leaves fell into the water. Shen Nung decided to try this infusion, and that was the start of tea. Tea was introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks that traveled to China in the 8th century. Tea was introduced to Europe in the 16th century by the Portuguese, who lived in the Far East as traders and missionaries. The Dutch were the first to commercially import tea. Britain was introduced to tea in the mid 17th century, when the Portuguese wife of Charles II made it a fashionable drink. Since then tea has become a social drink to share amongst friends. It is enjoyed by many countries; Turkey, Ireland, United Kingdom, Russia and Morocco being the largest consumers. This exhibition will explore tea culture around the world, through the use of tea utensils. Once you have made it to the end of the exhibition, why not stop at the café and grab a cuppa.