The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Bethesda Street


The Potteries Museum

Museum Events Page



01782 232323


01782 232500

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The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
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Travel back in time and discover the history of the the Potteries, including the world's greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.

See Reginald Mitchell's World War 2 Spitfire and all sorts of art and craft.

Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon snack in our relaxing Café Museum and browse in The Foyer Shop for unique quality cards, gifts, books and souvenirs of the Potteries.

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

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Admission charges


The entire collection of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Discover the story of Stoke-on-Trent's people, industry, products and landscapes through displays of pottery, community history, archaeology, geology and wildlife. Explore rich and diverse collections of paintings, drawings, prints, costume and glass.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Literature, Land Transport, Industry, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • 20th – 21st Century studio pottery
  • Contemporary ceramics
  • Minton wares
  • Staffordshire Figures
  • Printed pottery
  • Early 19th century porcelain
  • 18th century stonewares
  • 18th century lead-glazed wares
  • 17th and 18th century slipwares
  • Near Eastern and Islamic ceramics
  • Italian maiolica
  • Contemporary art and craft
  • Grayson Perry
  • Gavin Turk
  • Jacqui Poncelet
  • 20th century british painting
  • Slade School
  • Scottish Colourists
  • British Surrealists
  • Conroy Maddox
  • Eileen Agar
  • War Artists’ Advisory Committee
  • Prints
  • Nineteenth century French prints
  • Eduard Manet
  • Toulouse Lautrec
  • Degas
  • Nineteenth century Japanese woodcuts
  • Henry Moore
  • Laura Knight
  • designers
  • Grete Marks
  • Gordon Forsyth
  • Contemporary artists
  • Terry Shave
  • Stephen Boyd
  • David Jones
  • John Constable
  • Watercolours
  • drawings
  • JMW Turner
  • Samuel Palmer
  • Francis Towne
  • Louis Solon drawings
  • Sir Charles Barry
  • busts
  • Jacob Epstein
  • Rodin
  • lace
  • dolls
  • jewellery
  • Wendy Ramshaw
  • Zandra Rhodes
  • Glass
  • silver
  • cowcreamers
  • Furniture
  • Japanese jade
  • ivory
  • Japanese woodcuts.
  • Spitfire mark XVI
  • R.J. Mitchell
  • Photographic collection
  • glass plates
  • negatives
  • transperencies
  • 20th century community history
  • Arnold Bennett
  • papers
  • diaries
  • Transport memorabilia
  • postcards
  • tickets
  • Oliver Lodge
  • Igniter
  • Industrial history
  • machinery
  • tools
  • Post-medieval ceramics
  • Roman
  • Lightwood Hoard
  • Iron age
  • gold torcs
  • gold
  • Saxon pottery
  • Bronze age
  • sword
  • medieval
  • pre-history
  • gold bracelet
  • roman silver
  • roman coins
  • coins
  • natural history
  • Botanical collections
  • plants
  • fungi
  • Charles Darwin
  • geology
  • rocks
  • minerals
  • fossils
  • Zoology
  • animals
  • beetles
  • bird eggs
  • butterflies
  • moths
  • snails
  • Environmental recording
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Wedgwood
  • Spode
  • Mintons
  • Royal Doulton
  • Designated Collection
  • The Staffordshire Hoard
  • Saxon
  • Tudor
  • Stuart
  • Prehistoric
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Gold
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Ceramic Empire: The Trade in Staffordshire Pottery

  • Until 7 September 2014 *on now

The Victorian period was the height of the British Empire with trading links throughout the world. The Staffordshire pottery industry exported many of their wares to these countries putting the name of Stoke-on-Trent on the international map.
Marking the publication of Tristram Hunt MP’s new book on the cities of Empire, this exhibition explores the supply and representation of Empire in Staffordshire pottery. It includes the exotic and unusual as well as international exhibitions and political pots.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Seaside Postcard

Beside the Seaside

  • 21 June — 5 October 2014 *on now

This nostalgic family friendly exhibition looks at a time, not so long ago, when most people spent their summer holidays on the coastline of Britain.

Using items from all our collections including Natural History, Fine Art and Ceramics the exhibition will highlight familiar aspects from any family holiday from photographs to beachwear and seabirds to souvenirs.

Amongst the most collectable souvenirs were crested china pieces from Stoke-on-Trent potteries, including the Foley China and the Falcon Pottery of W.H. Goss, mass-produced glazed white ornaments with the coat of arms of the area in which they were sold.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.
Punch and Judy

That's the Way to Do It

  • 6 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Meet our larger than life dancing Punch and Judy figures that have a spring in their step and an irresistible sense of fun. So give them a wave, help them look after the baby, and join them for a jig..
Visitors will also be able to watch ‘The Last Chance to See’ comedy show, featuring a duo who have been touring the halls, piers, theatres and festivals for too long. This variety act has adapted and evolved throughout the years to become a well-rehearsed and slick, but bizarre, miscellany of music, dance, cabaret, puppetry and magic.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea Delight

  • 18 September 2014 2-4pm

Enjoy the chance to see behind the scenes of our ceramic stores followed by a homemade Afternoon Tea.
Meet our specialist curator Miranda Goodby and find out about the history of the museum and its collections. Discover how the collections came to be here and who gave them to the City including the personal stories of some of our more unusual pieces.
Get up close with some of our treasures from 17th century slipware to 21st century commemoratives including items from the internationally renowned factories of Wedgwood, Doulton and Spode.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Places very limited so please book in advance by calling 01782 232323 or emailing Tickets £25 per person or £45 for two and includes Afternoon Tea, a free Potteries Pots book and 20% discount in our Foyer shop.

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.

Animal Masks (Foundation & KS1)

Study the collection of British wildlife in the Natural History Gallery. Learn about pattern and textures, make and decorate an animal mask. Links to Unit 2B Mother Nature, designer.

Loans Boxes

Choose from a range of themed loans boxes to help you with various aspects of the curriculum: Roman, Victorian, Tudor, Second World War, 1940s, Childhood, Toilet Times, Schooldays, Homes & Change, Washday, Natural History.

How to obtain

For further information, please call Amanda Heath on 01782 232323.