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:

Museum

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

Free

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.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/whats-on/world-war-1-centenary/

Rabbit

Beatrix’s Animals

  • 19 March — 24 September 2016 *on now

To celebrate the 150 anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter this displays features some of the animals brought to life in her stories.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toy Cars

Roll Models

  • 18 June — 4 September 2016 *on now

Die-cast model trains, trucks, buses and cars abound in this fun-filled show from the museum’s collections. A must for transport model enthusiasts and families alike. Includes fantasy vehicles from well-loved family TV shows.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Downton costume

Costumes from Downton

  • 2 July — 2 October 2016 *on now

This special exhibition features a selection of costumes from series 1and 2 of the critically acclaimed ITV drama Downton Abbey.
See an evening dress worn by Lady Mary, and a gown worn by Cora, the Countess of Grantham as well as outfits worn by other members of the cast. The exhibition will be complimented by items from the museum’s collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, concessions £3.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

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.
Tennis

Anyone for Tennis?

  • 25 July 2016 11am-4pm

Wimbledon may have just finished but this event will take you straight back to the thrills of the action.
Meet Rafael Nadal and Fred Perry live on court!! Wimbledon comes to the museum with a pristine court, dead posh umpire and highly strung players looking to take on all comers.
See slow motion replays, heated line calls, tantrums and live commentary. Visitors are encouraged to help out, standing in for ball boys, physiotherapists and even royalty to award the prizes at the end.
Our sporting summer of fun continues with two giant cricketing batsmen with their outsized bats and balls. Join in with their eccentric game of cricket, take a bowl and give it your best shot and see if you can help win the Ashes!
There will also be a series of tennis and cricket taster sessions provided by the city’s Sports and Leisure Service.
This event forms part of the European City of Sport 2016 celebrations. .

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Car Hat

Beep, beep!

  • 26 — 28 July 2016

Make a hat inspired by your favourite vehicle from our exhibition. Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Batman

KAPOW!

  • 30 July 2016 11am-4pm

Meet Batman and other characters from your favourite comic books and TV shows. Join Thunderbirds scientist Brains in his theatrical experiments exploring his scientific endeavours and take part in our craft activity. Free, 11am – 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Mr Meakin

Afternoon Tea with the Edwardian Butler

  • 31 July 2016 1:30-3pm

Enjoy a homemade Afternoon Tea with ‘Meakin’ our Edwardian Butler. Discover his range of responsibilities as he is charged with managing the household and attending to the many needs of his Master and the numerous ‘house guests’.

The soul of discretion, he is a professional (having been in ‘Service’ his entire life) who performs his duties in a calm and unhurried manner. In addition to managing an extensive ‘below stairs’ workforce, he oversees the management of the wine cellar, the cleaning and safe custody of the dining silver, the ironing of newspapers, the polishing of loose change, and the blacking of boots!

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets £15 and includes entry to the Costumes of Downton exhibition.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Talent Show

Sports Day

  • 1 August 2016 11am-4pm

To celebrate the city’s status as the European City of Sport 2016 the museum is holding a fun family friendly day which takes you back in time to the PE classes of your youth.
80’s PE teachers, Mr Stretch and Mr Armstrong are always firm but fair. They are on a mission to get the nation fit using only their enthusiasm, a roving musical pommel horse and some PE kits rescued from the lost and found locker. Remember it’s not about the taking part; it’s the winning that counts!
This is followed by the end of term talent show. Meet Lorraine, Julie and Kevin the trainee as they get everyone excited and involved in the Talent Show.
Any talent goes – no nasty judges here and the audience clap to activate the clap-o-meter to decide the winner. Each interaction ends with an amazing, no expense spared awards ceremony to ‘We Are The Champions’, complete with a party popper pyro finale!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Cauliflower Pot

Cauliflower Cups

  • 2 — 4 August 2016

Make a pot from clay inspired by Wedgwood’s famous vegetable pottery. Drop in
10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in
10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Agatha Christie

Friday Twilight - Agatha Christie and Art Deco

  • 5 August 2016 7-9pm

Characters from Christie's era are brought to life through dramatic readings and dazzling Deco fashions by History Wardrobe. See beaded frocks and evening gowns from the 20s and 30s. Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes free entry to the Costumes from Downton exhibition. 7pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes free entry to the Costumes from Downton exhibition.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Race Track

Vroom vroom!

  • 9 — 11 August 2016

Make a racing car game to keep. Can you beat your friends? Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Clay Car

All aboard!

  • 16 — 18 August 2016

Make a clay vehicle inspired by our exhibition of Dinky toys. Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Puppets

Truly Scrumptious Puppets

  • 23 — 25 August 2016

Make a puppet inspired by the classic show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Chitty Car

Potty Inventions

  • 24 August 2016 11am-4pm

The crazy scientists from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang demonstrate amazing inventions, perform spectacular tricks and attempt astonishing stunts to amuse and bemuse their enthralled audiences. Free, 11am - 4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Clay Tile

Seasonal Tiles

  • 30 August — 1 September 2016

Make a clay tile inspired by your favourite season. Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50

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.

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.

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.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Bethesda Street
Hanley
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST1 3DW
England

Website

The Potteries Museum

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Museum Events Page

www.stokemuseums.org.uk

E-mail

museums@stoke.gov.uk

Telephone

01782 232323

Fax

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.
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