Compton Verney’s summer exhibition does exactly what it says on the, er, tea caddy - telling the story of how Britain’s favourite drink became an everyday commodity. The exhibition features paintings, poetry, music, a collection of ancient and modern ceramics, a tea sensorium and a modern Japanese tea house made of bamboo, which is appearing outside Japan for the first time. Also included is an examination of how tea physically affects the body and can help in times of shock or grief, and an intricate-but-transient wet clay installation inspired by tea and created by Staffordshire artist Phoebe Cummings.

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