Tea in Eighteenth-Century Britain is a collaborative research project that draws on the work of researchers in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. We became interested in tea and its history through our research into British literature and culture of the eighteenth century. We have an ongoing programme of research and publication (see Publications), and we are interested in all aspects of the British experience of tea throughout the long eighteenth century.
Our major project to date has been a cultural history of tea in Britain and the tea-trade with China. Empire of Tea was published by Reaktion Books in 2015. This complements our four-volume Tea and the Tea-Table in Eighteenth-Century England (Pickering and Chatto, 2010), an edited collection of valuable source material for the topic.