The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

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.

Venue Type:


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.
Potteries Museum, Stoke

World War One Replica Trench System

  • 22 November 2014 — 11 November 2018 *on now

The museum has installed an outdoor replica First World War trench system next to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre.

It is being created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914 and will offer visitors an atmospheric, thought-provoking understanding of some of the conditions experienced by soldiers on the front line.

Engagement days are planned for both school-age young learners and adults, which will combine activities and displays with science demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about life in the trenches, artillery shells, how poison gas was made and even try their hand at making periscopes, which were used to spy on enemy positions.

The trench will be open daily from 11am – 3pm, weather permitting, and will be free to view.


Chinese ceramics

Ahead of the Curve: new china from China

  • 16 March — 31 May 2015 *on now

Ahead of the Curve: new china from China is an international touring exhibition showcasing contemporary ceramics and glass from 20 emerging and established Chinese artists. It will include striking new work and demonstrate current trends and practices from Jingdezhen and Shanghai.

Also on display within the exhibition will be exquisite objects from the museum’s own world-class collection of historic Chinese ceramics collection, allowing visitors the opportunity to compare and contrast the ancient and modern.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Animal Alphabet

  • 23 May — 27 September 2015 *on now

This summer our gloriously colourful family friendly exhibition shows off some of the wonderful animals we have in our various collections at the museum. We have picked objects to make up an alphabet based on animals - from a tiptoeing Armadillo to a ceramic Zebra.

Have fun working your way through the alphabet trail finding the animals we have selected - some you might expect, but some are less obvious. Make up a list of animals that you might have chosen whilst the smaller ones amongst you can dress up as a giraffe.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Coming from the Mill

Lowry and Berry: Observers of Urban Life

  • 25 July 2015 — 10 January 2016

This special exhibition features works by distinguished artist L.S Lowry and his local counterpart Arthur Berry together for the first time. Revealing the influence one had on the other but also showing their individual styles.
These two working class artists who portrayed the world around them were unpretentious and their work showed the beauty and humour in the everyday.
Lowry in his works chose to portray the ordinary existence of the common man. Berry influenced by Lowry also championed the common man and not only referenced them in his paintings but in his plays and poems.
These two great artists reflect a world that has changed immeasurably but the warmth and emotion with which it captured lives on.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets £5, concessions £3.


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.
Craft Activity

Paper Bag Bug Puppets

  • 26 — 28 May 2015 *on now

Hunt for creepy crawlies in our family friendly Animal Alphabet exhibition and make a creepy crawly hand puppet to take home.
Visit The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for an exciting programme of activities and events. We offer fun filled activities for families during the school holidays where you can make something fun to take home. The activities are inspired by our world class collections and temporary exhibitions. When you have finished the activity why not pick up a family trail and explore the galleries.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13




Farmer Jolly

Farmer Jolly and his Animals

  • 13 June 2015 11am-4pm

Meet Farmer Jolly, a quaint 'old timer' whose animal marionettes delight and enthral all who see them. Children just love to pet Goldtop, the cow and feed Cheeky Billy, the cockerel and all the other animals - whilst adults enjoy the nuggets of 'countryside wisdom' and just marvel at the puppetry dexterity!
There will also be some real farmyard animals to pet ranging from goats and rabbits to chickens and ducks. Children will be able to make their favourite balloon animal to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Staffordshire Hoard Gallery

Friday Twilight - The Hoard at Night

  • 19 June 2015 7-9pm

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Staffordshire Hoard by torchlight with expert curator Deb Klemperer and see the beautiful dazzling workmanship in a different light. Discover some secrets behind the Hoard and the latest research in context within the Anglo-Saxon period.
The evening will also include a glass of wine or mead and a range of food which would have been enjoyed by the Anglo-Saxons including honey cakes and rose flavoured custard tarts.
This event forms part of the New Vic Theatre’s Hoard Festival.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets £20, very limited numbers! To
book please call: 01782 717962, for more information


Georgian Butler

Friday Twilight - Afternoon Tea with the Georgian Butler

  • 3 July 2015 From 6:30pm

Meet Samuel Adams– the Butler in a grand Regency house, who has been ‘in service’ for many years. Having risen to the rank of Butler he is something of a sticker when it comes to 'doing things right', paying particular attention to the ‘Honours of the Table’. Watch a demonstration of the setting of the dinner table and the complex etiquette associated with dining in and around the year of 1815.
Ticket price includes a beautiful Afternoon Tea served with a selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and homemade cakes.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Tickets £12.50, please book in advance by calling 01782 232323 or email


waterloo Soldier

Waterloo 200th Anniversary

  • 4 July 2015 11am-4pm

To celebrate the bicentenary of Waterloo, Mr. Punch is visited by the Duke of Wellington. He is looking for 'Old Volunteers' to join his army and defeat the French at the Battle of Waterloo.
Not only is Napoleon in for a surprise - but so too is Josephine!
Also meet Private Frederick Pudge, of the Foot Guards who is a veteran of Duke of Wellington’s campaigns in Spain, Portugal and Waterloo. Listen as he recounts his experience, explains the reality of life on campaign, the horrors of war, and offers an eye-witness account of Waterloo and the final defeat of Napoleon.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Family Friendly

Lowry Landscapes

  • 28 — 30 July 2015

Make a 3D landscape inspired by the artist L.S Lowry to take home and make a character to add to our giant Lowry scene.
Visit The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for an exciting programme of activities and events. We offer fun filled activities for families during the school holidays where you can make something fun to take home. The activities are inspired by our world class collections and temporary exhibitions. When you have finished the activity why not pick up a family trail and explore the galleries.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6



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.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Bethesda Street


The Potteries Museum

Museum Events Page



01782 232323


01782 232500

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.