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/

Miners Tool

Miners’ Tools

  • 26 September 2015 — 10 April 2016 *on now

See a range of equipment used by miners over the years to extract coal. This continues our programme of displays on the coal industry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Minton Plate

Welcome Home! A Celebration of the Minton Archive

  • 26 September 2015 — 27 March 2016 *on now

An interactive exhibition of some of the museum's wonderful collection of Minton pieces to celebrate the return to Stoke of the extraordinary Minton Archive. Images and information from the archive will complement the display and reveal how much there is still to be explored. The archive was saved for the nation by the Art Fund and given to the City for us all to enjoy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Nelson Letter

Letter signed by Admiral, Lord Nelson

  • 8 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

This small display features a letter signed by Admiral Lord Nelson which has been recently rediscovered in the museum’s collections alongside ceramic portrait figures of Nelson from the P. D. Gordon Pugh collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Taylor Wessing Competition

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

  • 27 February — 5 June 2016

On loan from the National Portrait Gallery this exhibition features award winning entries from their prestigious annual photographic competition sponsored by Taylor Wessing. Works include the main winners and other submissions from last year’s competition entries. Tickets £5, concessions £3.
Sponsored by Taylor Wessing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, concessions £3.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Design

Links to a Landscape

  • 5 March — 30 May 2016

Come and see some unusual reminders of how the local landscape has been formed and influenced. This exhibition includes sculptural forms and photographs reflecting how the past influences the present.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Rabbit

Beatrix’s Animals

  • 19 March — 24 September 2016

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

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.
Murder Mystery

Friday Twilight Murder Mystery – St Valentine’s Massacre

  • 12 February 2016 7-10pm

Why not try something a bit different this Valentine’s weekend and enjoy a Murder Mystery evening in the museum cafe.
Due to the success of our last whodunit night and the superb dramatics by Mow Cop Players the museum will present another themed dining experience set within the shady world of 1920’s American gangsters.
A romantic Valentine’s evening is spoiled when murder is committed at the Valentine Cabaret Club, home to many dodgy characters. Can you help solve the crime and discover which ‘mobster’ committed the heinous felony?
The evening will include a delicious three course dinner and coffee with a glass of wine or juice on arrival. Everyone is welcome to come along in 1920’s style fancy dress to join in the fun but this is optional.
Winners will receive complimentary tickets to our National Portrait Gallery exhibition which opens on 27 February, our music evening on 11 March and a one man play featuring the exploits of Sherlock Holmes on 29 April.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £24.50 and includes glass of wine or juice on arrival, please book in advance by calling 01782 232323.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Chinese Lion

Chinese New Year of the Monkey

  • 14 February 2016 11am-4pm

Come along to the museum on Sunday 14 February and help us welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. This colourful and vibrant festival will include traditional Dragon and Lion dances, firecrackers, magic, acrobats and Chinese folk dancing.

New for this year are Tai Chi demonstrations which are a flowing visually beautiful performance based on the movements of the White Crane bird and include balance, coordination and moving meditation.

In our theatre there will be performances from children from the local Chinese Sunday school and an extract of Cantonese Opera performed in full cultural costume.
Crafts activities will be taking place throughout the day and include Chinese painting, writing and origami.

Supported by the Friends of the Potteries Museums & Art Gallery and the Appetite programme

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Space

To Space and Back

  • 15 — 19 February 2016

Join us for a ‘space week’ as local award winning spaceflight writer Phill Parker is on hand every day to talk about Apollo , other space missions and meteorites . See meteorites that contain ‘alien’ amino acids, items flown to the moon aboard Apollo and much more. Younger visitors will also get a very rare opportunity to try on an astronaut signed ‘moon boot, space glove and helmet.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toby Jug

Toby Jug

  • 16 — 18 February 2016

Be inspired by our collection of Toby Jugs in the Ceramics Gallery and make your own clay mug with a funny face. Drop in 10.30am – 12.30am and 1.15pm - 3pm, £1.50.
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

Admission

£1.50.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Intergalactic Cruisers

  • 20 February 2016 10:30am-3pm

Make a speedy spaceship or a zooming rocket, to fly to the moon and back. Drop in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm - 3pm, £1.50.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50

Ozzy owl

Spring Trail

  • 1 — 31 March 2016

Help Ozzy Owl search for signs of spring around the museum. £1 per trail and includes free pencil

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Any age

Admission

£1

Afrobrew

Friday Twilight – Afro Beat

  • 11 March 2016 7-10:30pm

Look forward to summer as the museum presents an evening of music from far away shores. Afrobrew are a local six piece band mixing up African and Cuban rhythms with added elements of Dance, Funk and Reggae, its new and hot! Tickets £6, concessions £5, call 01782 232323 to book. 7 - 10.30pm, bar opens at 6pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £6, concessions £5, call 01782 232323 to book.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Acorn Academy

Acorn Academy

  • 19 March 2016 11am-4pm

To celebrate the 150 anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter this special event brings her world of animals to life.
Meet Professor Bramble the Badger as he pushes a beautiful gypsy cart which he uses as his mobile class room through the museum galleries. He and Head Mistress Miss Nutella Nutkins are on a field trip, collecting new objects for their show and tell collection. These objects in turn become part of a game of ‘Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?’ each introduced to the children by a puppet guest lecturer. This game allows children to discover the wonders of Natural History as they handle real fossils, minerals and other materials.
There will also be a range of real animals where children can discover facts about their habitat, behaviour and have the opportunity to hold them.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Clay Rabbit

Clay animals inspired by Beatrix Potter stories

  • 29 — 31 March 2016

Make a Peter Rabbit or another favourite creature from Beatrix Potter’s much loved stories. Drop in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm - 3pm, £1.50.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Helmet

Anglo-Saxon Helmets

  • 5 — 7 April 2016

Calling all warriors! Come and make an Anglo-Saxon Helmet, to prepare yourself for battle. Drop in 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:15pm – 3pm

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Hoard Gallery

Slavery and Status in 7th century Mercia

  • 5 April 2016 11am-4pm

Find out what life was like for the poorest members of Anglo-Saxon society in our Staffordshire Hoard Gallery with re-enactment group Angelcynn. Discover the ways in which you might become a slave through either famine or Lords' followers who were gradually pressed over generations into giving more onerous services to their Lord.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Elizabethan Travelling Theatre

An Elizabethan Travelling Theatre Company

  • 23 April 2016 11am-4pm

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare this special event looks at how his plays were performed at the time.
Set in 1600, this group portrays a travelling theatre company composed of an array of characters from the period. Watch the rehearsals and performances on stage from well-known excerpts from current plays, including Romeo and Juliet and the battle of Agincourt from Henry V.
But perhaps the most excitingly of all, when not on stage, the group invites you to visit the tiring area to meet the players and experience life with a travelling theatre. You may see them preparing for the next performance, learning lines, making and mending props and costumes (try them on), cooking, eating, gambling or quarrelling about anything and everything.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Sherlock Holmes

Friday Twilight – The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

  • 29 April 2016 From 7pm

Take a step back in time to Baker Street and beyond as theatre company ‘Don’t Go Into The Cellar!’ presents ‘The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes’. This one man show features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career with autobiographical snippets concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved. Please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets adults £7, concessions £5. 7 - 9pm

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets adults £7, concessions £5.

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

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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