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, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

The museum is open Tuesdays – Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

April – September: 10am – 5pm
Tea room: 11am – 4pm
October – March: 10am – 4pm
Tea room: 11am – 3:30pm

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Children: £5.25 (4 – 16 years inclusive)
Concessions: £6
Family Ticket: £22 (2 adults, 2 children)
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Annual Pass - this pass provides free entry to Gladstone Pottery Museum for 12 months, adult passes cost £11 each – children and concessions £9.25 each.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

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.
Rainbow Trail at Gladstone

Rainbow Trail

  • 3 — 31 January 2018 *on now

Tuesdays – Saturdays during January

Bring some colour to your January! Follow the clues to find different coloured items from our collection. Each one will have a letter which you can use to spell a word. Free gift and entry into a prize draw for everyone who takes part. £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Lion Trail at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Lion Trail

  • 1 — 28 February 2018

Tuesdays – Saturdays during February
Solve the clues and find the ceramic lions which are hiding all around the museum. Free gift and entry into a prize draw for everyone who takes part. £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Raku Pottery Firing at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Raku Pottery Workshop - Full Day

  • 10 February 2018 10:30am-3:30pm

Get hands-on in this whole day session where you can glaze and fire two pots under the supervision of ceramicists from Labyrinth Arts. Experience the excitement of an outdoor firing and produce your own ceramic masterpieces to take home with you. 10.30am – 3.30pm, £45 per person (includes museum admission). Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£45 per person (includes museum admission)

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Toddler Thursday activities

Toddler Thursday

  • 15 February 2018 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.
Booking essential - please call us on 01782 237777. One adult per participating child.

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/visit/gpm

Clay tile at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Half Term Craft Activity - Seasonal Tiles

  • 20 February 2018 11am-3pm

Make a clay tile inspired by your favourite season in our drop in clay activity. 11am – 12.30pm and 1.15 – 3pm, £1 plus admission

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm

Half term pottery decorating

Half Term Pottery Painting

  • 20 — 24 February 2018

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, flowers and much more.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Prices from £1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/viist/gpm

Circus Skills at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Circus Skills Workshop

  • 21 February 2018 11am-3pm

Roll up, roll up! Take part in our drop in circus skills workshop and try your hand at a range of fun activities with experts on hand to help you. 11am – 3pm, included with museum admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Included with admission

Wild Families logo

Go Wild at Gladstone

  • 22 February 2018 11am-3pm

Try some Wild Families activities in our cobbled courtyard with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts team and get creative in a drop in natural crafts workshop. 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Included with normal museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm

Half Term Fun Day

Half Term Fun Day

  • 23 February 2018 11am-3pm

Join us for facepainting, balloon modelling and magic shows – all included with admission. 11am – 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Included with normal museum admission.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Cat Trail at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Cat Trail

  • 1 — 30 March 2018

Cat Trail, Tuesdays – Saturdays during March
Can you find the cats which are hiding around Gladstone? Solve the clues to complete the trail. Free gift and entry into a prize draw for everyone who takes part. £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Hand made flowers at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Mother's Day Shopping Discount

  • 1 — 3 March 2018

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
  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/gpm

Raku pottery at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Raku Pottery Firing Workshops

  • 10 March 2018 10am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm

Raku is a Japanese pottery firing process and in our hands-on sessions you can glaze and fire your own pot under the supervision of ceramicists from Labyrinth Arts. Experience the excitement of an outdoor firing and produce your own ceramic masterpiece to take home with you. 10am – 12.30pm or 1 – 3.30pm, £25 per person (includes museum admission). Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£25 per person (includes museum admission)

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Superhero masks at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Superhero Masks

  • 17 March 2018 11am-3pm

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

Admission

Included with admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts Logo

Wildlife Superheroes

  • 17 March 2018 11am-3pm

Can you become a wildlife superhero? Find out about the super skills of some of our local wild animals from the Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts team. 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Gladstone Super G logo

Superhero Saturday

  • 17 March 2018 10am-4pm

Free admission to the museum for every visitor dressed as a superhero!
You can also join our storyteller and hear superhero tales, 11am – 1pm and 1.30 – 3pm, included with 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

  • 22 March 2018 From 10:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5’s and their parents or carers. Take part in crafts, rhymes, singing and play. £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
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per child, normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/gpm

Art Deco plate painted at Gladstone

Art Deco Painting Workshop

  • 24 March 2018 11am-12:30pm

Learn more about the art deco style of painting famously used by artists such as Susie Cooper and Clarice Cliff. Paint your own decorative plate to take home. 11am – 12.30pm, £12 per person (includes museum admission). Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£12, includes museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Easter Trail at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Easter Trail

  • 2 — 28 April 2018

Tuesdays - Saturdays during April.

Get cracking, solve the clues and hunt down the Easter tiles hiding around the museum.
Free pen and entry into a prize draw for everyone who takes part. £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Cupcake Decorating

Easter Cupcake Decorating

  • 3 April 2018 11am-3pm

Decorate your own Easter cupcake to eat immediately or take home with you with help from our expert baker and decorator. 11am – 3pm, included with museum admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Clay bunny at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Easter Craft Activity - Clay Easter Bunnies

  • 3 April 2018 11am-3pm

Make your own Easter bunny out of clay in our drop in workshop, 11am – 12.30pm and 1.15 – 3pm, £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Lamb craft activity at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Easter Craft Activity - Lovely Lambs

  • 4 April 2018 11am-3pm

Make a fluffy lamb picture to take home in our drop-in craft workshop. 11am – 3pm, included with admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Staff Wildlife logo

Discover Wildlife Day

  • 5 April 2018 11am-3pm

Take part in Wild Families activities in this taster session from the Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts team. Discover all about our local wildlife and make something to take home in a drop in natural craft workshops. 11am – 3pm, included in admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Storytelling at Gladstone

Easter Animal Storytelling

  • 10 April 2018 11am-3pm

Join our storyteller and listen to Easter Animal tales, 11am – 1pm and 1.30 – 3pm, included with admission.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Included with normal museum admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Jewels and craft materials

Easter Craft Workshop -Decorate a Faberge Egg

  • 11 April 2018 11am-3pm

Decorate you own jewelled Easter egg to take home in our drop-in craft workshop. 11am – 3pm, included with admission

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Included with normal museum admission.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 26 April 2018 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/visit/gpm

Coiled pots made at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Coiled Pot Making Workshop

  • 28 April 2018 11am-12:30pm

Make your own decorative pot to take home with you by handbuilding and coiling clay. This hour and a half session includes help from our expert ceramicist,11am, £12 - includes museum admission. Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person (includes museum admission)

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.

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.

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.

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

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

E-mail

gladstone@stoke.gov.uk

Telephone

01782 237777

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