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.
Fox

Fox Trail

  • 1 — 30 September 2017 *on now

Tuesdays - Saturdays during September.
Can you find fox pictures hiding around our site? Free pencil 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

Fountain by Clare Holdstock

Fountain 17

  • 6 September — 28 October 2017 *on now

Fountain 17
Tuesdays – Saturdays,
Wednesday 6 September - Saturday 28 October
Celebrating Coincidence:
1817 Armitage Shanks
1917 Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
2017 Fountain 17
Celebrating the anniversaries of Armitage Shanks and Duchamp’s controversial artwork, Fountain 17 is an exhibition created in partnership with Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.
On display are a range of artworks by established and emerging artists as reactions to one of the most famous pieces of modern art created. When Duchamp displayed a urinal as a work of art he challenged conventions and preconceptions of what art is. His ‘ready made’ art has prompted varied responses in this cutting edge exhibition. Based in Staffordshire, Armitage Shanks is the last major manufacturer of sanitaryware in the UK and has worked with many artists involved, bringing together an unconventional combination of industry and art. For more information please see www.fountain17.com
Included with museum admission

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal museum admission applies

Website

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

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 21 September 2017 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

Buses at Gladstonw

Classic Bus Running Day

  • 24 September 2017 10am-5pm

On Sunday, 24 September Gladstone Pottery Museum will be visited by scores of classic buses.

The Classic Bus Running Day, held by The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society, is a very popular annual event at the museum and is free to attend. This year the event is in conjunction with First Potteries Open Day at Adderley Green Depot, Dividy Road and a free shuttle service will operate between the two sites

Visitors can see a display of preserved vehicles, including buses and coaches of special historic interest. Trade stands will be selling transport memorabilia and there will also be the chance to ride on classic vehicles.

There will be numerous departures from the museum including free services around the area and short journeys on a wide variety of buses and coaches.
Souvenir programmes containing the running timetable, will be available from Rally Control on the day for £3 and and travel on the buses is free. All donations received will contribute towards the continuing restoration of the Society’s Heritage Fleet.

The shop and café at Gladstone Pottery Museum will be open from 10am – 5pm but the site will not be open for museum admissions.

Alternative visitor parking can be found at the nearby council car parks in Longton town centre which are free of charge on a Sunday.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The Gladstone café and shop are open but we are not open for museum admissions.

Raku Pottery Firing at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Raku Pottery Workshop

  • 14 October 2017 10am-12:30pm, 1-3:30pm

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, £20 per person (includes museum admission). Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£20 per person (includes museum admission)

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toddler Thursday activities

Toddler Thursday

  • 19 October 2017 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

Wizard

Meet the Wizard

  • 24 October 2017 11am-3pm

Meet Bumbledore, a wizard in training who is struggling to pass his exams (which he’s failed every year since 1862!)
11am – 3pm, included with normal museum admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with admission

Website

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

Half term pottery decorating

Half Term Pottery Painting

  • 24 — 28 October 2017

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 special witch and wizard and Halloween themed items.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Prices from £1 plus admission

Website

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

Painted plate at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Art Deco Painting Workshop

  • 18 November 2017 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

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person (includes museum admission)

Website

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

Gladstone Pirate

Pirates and Princesses Day

  • 18 November 2017 10am-4pm

Every visitor dressed as a pirate or a princess will get free admission to the museum. Join us for a day of fun and make and decorate your own pirate hat in our drop in craft workshop. Included with admission, 11am – 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free admission to those in fancy dress, craft activity free with admission.

Website

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

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 23 November 2017 10:30-11:30am

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

Coiled pots made at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Coiled Pot Making Workshop

  • 2 December 2017 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

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 14 December 2017 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/visit/gpm

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.

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.

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 - 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.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/gpm

E-mail

gladstone@stoke.gov.uk

Telephone

01782 237777

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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