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
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.
Iron Age Pot

Craft Activity: Iron Age clay pot

  • 15 — 17 August 2017 *on now

Using air dry clay make a pot inspired by the Iron Age. Use natural materials such as twigs and sticks to make marks in your pot.
Drop-in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 3pm
£1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Clay

The Clay Pit: a place to play

  • 17 August 2017 10:30am-3pm

Join the British Ceramics Biennial to explore masses of clay in liquid, powder and solid forms.
Clay comes from under our feet, and is transformed into the plates and cups we use every day.
Join the team of artists to explore the materials in every state and get as messy as you dare! 10.30am - 3.00pm. Free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Craft

Craft Activity: Wearable Art

  • 22 — 24 August 2017

Be creative and make your very own wearable art inspired by the Ann Sutton exhibition.
Drop-in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 3pm
£1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Motown

Friday Twilight – Soul and Motown Evening

  • 25 August 2017 7-10pm

Enjoy an evening of Soul and Motown classics with local singer Charmaine Baines and her live band. This immersive repertoire includes Jazz, Neo-Soul, Motown, Blues and RnB styles.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Clay Sea Creatures

Craft Activity: Clay Sea Creatures

  • 25 August 2017 10:30am-3pm

Make a creature from the depths of the ocean from air drying clay.
Drop in 10:30-12.30pm and 1.15pm-3pm £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Whale

The Whale

  • 25 August 2017 11am-3:30pm

Step inside a giant inflatable whale and enjoy ‘The Mariner’s Museum’, in which an ancient sea salt leads visitors around a museum of deep sea wonders. Curiosities include: mermaids’ purses, an arm wrestling octopus, a skeleton with xylophone ribs and bewildering flotsam and jetsam. Free but booking advised by calling 01782 232323.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Roman Helmet

Craft Activity: Roman Helmet

  • 29 — 31 August 2017

Pretend to be a Roman Soldier by making your very own Roman helmet to wear.
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://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.

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
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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