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
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.
Gladstone Pottery Museum

Garden Trail

  • 1 July — 31 August 2016 *on now

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Fabric Flowers

Fabric Flower Power!

  • 26 July 2016 From 10am

Try rag rugging techniques in our drop-in workshop and make a shabby chic organza flower brooch or hair slide to take home with you. 10am – 4pm, suitable for all ages and included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in normal admission

Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts Logo

Wildlife Day

  • 28 July 2016 From 11am

Find out more about our local wildlife with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts team and take part in garden 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

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 28 July 2016 10:30-11:30am

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

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

Flower making equipment

Bone China Flower Making Workshop

  • 30 July 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

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10, includes museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Child with clay

Summer Holiday Craft Activity - Garden Tiles

  • 2 August 2016 11am-3pm

Make your own clay tile with garden patterns in our drop-in sessions, 11am – 12.30pm and 1.15 – 3pm. £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Crayons

Summer Holiday Craft Activity - Wonderful Windmills

  • 10 August 2016 11am-3pm

Join our drop-in workshop and make a paper windmill for your home or garden. 11am -3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in normal admission

Fabric flowers

Fabric Flower Power

  • 11 August 2016 10am-4pm

Try rag rugging techniques in our drop-in workshop and make a shabby chic organza flower brooch or hairslide to take home with you. 10am – 4pm, suitable for all ages and included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Bone China leaves

Bone China Flower Making Workshop

  • 13 August 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

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10, includes museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Craft materials

Summer Holiday Craft Activity - Flowerpops

  • 17 August 2016 11am-3pm

Make a beautiful butterfly or flower on a stick to take home with you! 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with normal admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Sparkly clay bugs

Summer Holiday Craft Activity - Sparkle Bugs

  • 23 August 2016 11am-3pm

Make a creepy crawly mini beast out of clay and decorate it with sequins to make it sparkle in our drop-in workshop. £1 plus admission. 11am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm.

Admission

£1 plus admission

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 25 August 2016 10:30-11:30am

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

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

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Fabric Flowers

Fabric Flower Power!

  • 1 September 2016 10am-4pm

Try rag rugging techniques in our drop-in workshop and make a shabby chic organza flower brooch or hair slide to take home with you. 10am – 4pm, suitable for all ages and included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in normal museum adsmission

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.

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)

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.

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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