Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery museum
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As if frozen in time, Gladstone remains the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world's first bone china. Traditional skills, original workshops, the cobbled yard and huge bottle kilns create an atmospheric time warp which has no equal. See live pottery demonstrations and have a go yourself. Refresh yourself in our delightful tearoom. Find some treasures to take home in our large gift shop.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00-17.00 April - September. Last entry 16.00.
Open daily 10.00 - 16.00 October - March. Last entry 15.00.
Open Sundays and Bank holidays.

Closed: 25 December- 2 January

Admission charges

Adults £7.25, Children £5.00, Concessions £5.75, Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £21. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Annual Pass - this pass provides free entry to Gladstone Pottery Museum for 12 months, adults £10.50, concessions £8.75.

The entire collection of Gladstone Pottery Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

'Flushed with Pride': our sanitaryware gallery tells the story of the toilet from the 1840s slum to the toilets of the future.

Tile Gallery: Gladstone is home to one of the finest collections of decorative tiles in Britain. Trace the development of tiles from medieval monasteries to the space shuttle.

The Doctor's House: Hear some gruesome details of the illnesses and disease that plagued the Potteries.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Industry, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gladstone
  • Minton
  • Pottery
  • Toilets
  • Tiles
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Resonance exhibition image

Exhibition - Resonance

  • 6 — 24 February 2016 *on now

Resonance is an artistic response to collections of First World War objects, documents and archives. The exhibition features new ceramic work by Stephen Dixon, with complimentary photography and film by Johnny Magee. Collectively, the works look at the ways in which the Great War affected the Staffordshire home front. They examine themes of absence, loss, individual heroism and shared humanity, and consider how these themes resonate within the material objects found in the collections. Stephen has been particularly inspired by the many examples of Crested China, a popular form of Staffordshire souvenir-ware, which was at the height of its popularity during the Great War. Johnny has taken a look at postcards, letters and documents, re-interpreting them using digital film and photographic processes.

The exhibition features work by the artists as well as objects and documents from museum and archive collections.

The exhibition has been developed by the Staffordshire Museums Consortium with funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts fund

Included in normal admission and open Tuesdays - Saturdays.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with normal museum admission. Open Tuesdays - Saturdays.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Wizard

Wizard Trail

  • 2 — 27 February 2016 *on now

Can you find the wizards hiding around the site? Free gift and entry into a prize draw for everyone who takes part. £1 plus admission.
Tuesdays - Saturdays

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£1 plus admission, Tuesdays - Saturdays

Website

http://www.stokemuseum.org.uk

Pegs

Half Term Craft Activity - Make a Peg Witch or Wizard

  • 16 February 2016 11am-3pm

Make your very own peg witch or wizard! 11am – 3pm, this activity is included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Included with normal admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Wizard pottery photo

Half Term Pottery Painting

  • 16 — 20 February 2016

Paint a piece of pottery to take home as a unique souvenir of your visit to Gladstone, from £1 plus admission. Choose from mini bottle ovens, animals and a special themed witch and wizard range.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

From £1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Kingsley Logo

Birds of Prey and Owls

  • 17 February 2016 10am-4pm

Meet the team from Kingsley Falconry Centre and their birds of prey and owls. Visitors can get up close to the birds in a static display and watch flying displays during the day. This event is included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Brick Carving

Brick Carving

  • 18 February 2016 11am-3pm

Join our workshop to carve your own design into an unfired house brick with expert help. You can let your imagination run wild and take your artwork home with you. Free with admission, 11am –3pm. Suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Witch

Wizard and Witch Storytelling

  • 18 February 2016 11am-3pm

Join our storyteller to hear some magical stories about spells and magic. Drop in 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toddler at the museum

Toddler Thursday

  • 25 February 2016 10:30-11:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5s and their parents or carers. £1 per child but normal admission applies if you wish to visit the rest of the museum.
Please call 01782 237777 to book. 10.30 - 11.30am.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 but admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Shop photo

Spring Shopping Discount

  • 25 — 27 February 2016

Save 15% when you spend £5 or more in the shop. Choose from gifts, cards, books and ceramics made or decorated on site. Admission tickets not included. The shop and café welcome non-museum visitors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This event is free, normal admission applies to the museum.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Super image

Superhero Saturday

  • 12 March 2016 From 10am

Free admission to the museum for every visitor dressed as a superhero! Visit our drop in craft workshop and make your own superhero or super-villain mask from 11am – 3pm, this activity is included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission is free is you are dressed as a superhero!

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 24 March 2016 10:30-11:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5s and their parents or carers. £1 per child but normal admission applies if you wish to visit the rest of the museum. Please call 01782 237777 to book. 10.30 - 11.30am.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 but normal admission applies to the rest of the museum.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Jewels and craft materials

Easter Craft Activity - Make a Faberge Egg

  • 29 March 2016 11am-3pm

Decorate your own jewelled egg in our drop in craft workshop. 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Half Term Fun Day

Easter Fun Day

  • 30 March 2016 11am-4pm

Join us for magic shows, facepainting and balloon modelling - all free with admission. 11am - 4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with admission.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts Logo

Wildlife Day

  • 31 March 2016 11am-3pm

Find out more about our local wildlife with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts team and take part in spring themed craft activities. 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Included with normal museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Easter Trail

  • 1 — 30 April 2016

Tuesdays – Saturdays and Bank Holidays, during March and April. Find the clues hiding around our site and you could win a prize! £1 plus admission, free gift and entry into a prize draw for all participants.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Jewels and craft materials

Easter Craft Activity - Make a Faberge Egg

  • 5 April 2016 11am-3pm

Decorate your own jewelled egg in our drop in craft workshop. 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal museum admission.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Bone china flowers

Bone China Flower Making Workshop

  • 16 April 2016 11am-12:30pm

Find out how our beautiful china blooms are made from our expert flowermaker and make your own to take home with you in this 1.5 hour session. 11am, £10 - includes museum admission. Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£10, includes museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Fortyfied logo

Fortyfied Film Showing

  • 23 April 2016 From 1pm

Celebrate the museum’s birthday by watching the film made of 2015’s ‘Fortyfied’ day, where 40 pottery demonstrations were enjoyed by over 1000 visitors to the museum. The event won Silver in the Tourism Event of the Year at the Staffordshire Tourism Awards. 1pm, this event is free – normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission (normal admission applies to the rest of the museum)

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toddler Thursday activities

Toddler Thursday

  • 28 April 2016 10:30-11:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5s and their parents or carers. £1 per child but normal admission applies if you wish to visit the rest of the museum.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

£1 for the session. Normal admission applies to the rest of the museum.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toby Jugg character

Victorian Day

  • 30 April 2016 10am-5pm

Visit the museum and travel back in time to the Victorian era. Join ‘Toby Jugg’, our costumed storyteller, and hear his tales about working in our bottle ovens. Normal admission applies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Heritage Open Days Logo

Heritage Open Days

  • 10 September 2016 10am-5pm

As part of the national celebration of our heritage we will be waiving our admission fee and it will be free to visit our award winning museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Admission to Gladstone Pottery Museum

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Art Deco Plate Painting

Learn about local heroine, Clarice Cliff, and her life in Stoke-on-Trent through the twenties and thirties. Then paint a plate inspired by her unique designs.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390.
To book call 01782 319232.
Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Assemblies

We offer non-denominational assemblies in which the children see a short drama and consider the moral issues raised. All assemblies are free and suitable for KS1 and KS2. Choose from: Roman slave market (human rights), Victorian strangers on a train (stealing/honesty/first impressions), and Witch hunt (bullying).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Christmas at the Gladstone

See how the Victorians celebrated Christmas. Make a card to take home and play a Victorian parlour game. Suitable for KS2 (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Clay Mask Making

Learn a variety of hand building techniques and make a mask in clay. To tailor the masks to curriculum topics (e.g. Aztecs) please let us know on booking. (1.5 hours)

Coil Pot Making

Make a cylindrical container by coiling. Add a face or other decoration of your own choice.

Dish Making

Work with our skilled potters to make a dish on a hump mould using coiling and other hand building techniques, such as winding, shaping and cutting.

Domestic Bliss

Our Victorian housekeeper will show you what life was like in a doctor's household and let you try out some of her duties. Suitable for Key Stage 1/2 pupils. (1.5 hours).
Please note: due to the small size of our Victorian rooms, maximum group size for this activity is 15.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390.
To book call 01782 319232.
Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Gladstone Pottery Museum Tour

Let our experienced guides lead you around the Victorian potbank. Glimpse the working lives of child and adult pottery workers and watch demonstrations of traditional skill.

Handling the Victorians

Compare modern life and Victorian times by exploring original objects under the guidance of a costumed interpreter. (1.5 hours) Due to the small size of some of our Victorian rooms, maximum group size for this activity is 15.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Heritage Hunt

Use clues from the buildings themselves to find out how the Gladstone Pottery Museum site has changed. Dig for genuine archaeological finds that reveal more local history. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Know your place

Experience life as a Victorian pottery worker on the shop floor or in the office. Explore and debate the dilemmas of Victorian working conditions. Suitable for KS2 (1.5 hours). Due to the size of some of our victorian rooms, maximum group size of this activity is 15.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Meet Mrs Peake

A Victorian doctor's housekeeper will visit your school and discuss her life with you. Suitable for KS2 and KS3. Sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Microbes and Diseases

Learn about how inventors have improved the design of the toilet since the times of the privy. Research some deadly diseases and handle intriguing Victorian artefacts. Suitable for Key Stage 3 pupils. (2 hours).
Due to space restrictions, please note that with group sizes in excess of 15 pupils, half of this session must be delivered by a member of school staff, using the resources provided. Maximum group size = 30 pupils.

Outreach - Gods and Monsters

Hear thrilling tales of ancient gods, practise ancient writing and make a clay artefact to keep. Choose from Egyptians, Vikings, or Aztecs. Suitable for KS2. We come to you - sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Outreach - Toys and Games

Find out how your great-great grandparents amused themselves. Make a cardboard toy to take home. Suitable for KS1. We come to you - sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Outreach - Victorian Christmas

See (and smell) how Victorians prepared for Christmas. Make a Victorian Christmas card to take home. Suitable for KS2. We come to you - sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Outreach - Victorian schoolroom

A particularly strict Victorian schoolteacher will transform your pupils into models of deportment and respectful behaviour. We supply all the necessary equipment. Suitable for KS2. Sessions normally last around 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Paper Potbanks

Can buildings speak? Explore texture, pattern, scale and shape in our unique historic environment. Make 3D panels for a large scale mural inspire by Gladstone Pottery Museum.
(2 hours)

Physical and Chemical Processes

Learn about energy with the Gladstone Pottery Museum's huge machines and explore the use of gears. Examine the reversible and irreversible changes in clay, then plan an investigation. Suitable for Key Stage 3 pupils. (2 hours).
Due to space restrictions, please note that with group sizes in excess of 15 pupils, half of this session must be delivered by a member of school staff, using resources provided. Maximum group size = 30.

Slab Pot Making

Learn from one of our experienced potters and make a cylindrical container using the technique of slabbing. Decorate it using a variety of mark makers. (1.5 hours)

Tessellating Tiles

Explore the Tile Gallery and learn how shape, colour and pattern have been used in tile design over the centuries, then make your own "encaustic" tile. (1.5 hours)

Time is Money!

Watch as our expert demonstrates the art of bone china flower making and have a go yourself. Time our expert and learn about piece work. (1.5 hours)

Toilet Times

Experience life before the flushing lavatory in our Victorian back yard. use a bag of mystery objects to find out how the humble lavatory has helped to save millions of lives. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Toilet Times

Experience life before the flushing toilets in our 1840s back yard and understand why clean water and sanitation are now basic human rights. Suitable for KS2 and KS3. (1.5 to 2 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Traditional Toys

Find out how your great-great grandparents amused themselves. Make a cardboard toy to take home. Suitable for Key Stage 1 pupils. (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information call the Education Team on 01782 235390.
To book a session call 01782 319232.
Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road
Longton
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
ST3 1PQ
England

Website

www.stokemuseum.org.uk

E-mail

angela.lee@stoke.gov.uk

Telephone

01782 237777

Fax

01782 598640

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