The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
The Potteries Museum
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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.
Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
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.
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
- Nineteenth century French prints
- Eduard Manet
- Toulouse Lautrec
- Nineteenth century Japanese woodcuts
- Henry Moore
- Laura Knight
- Grete Marks
- Gordon Forsyth
- Contemporary artists
- Terry Shave
- Stephen Boyd
- David Jones
- John Constable
- JMW Turner
- Samuel Palmer
- Francis Towne
- Louis Solon drawings
- Sir Charles Barry
- Jacob Epstein
- Wendy Ramshaw
- Zandra Rhodes
- Japanese jade
- Japanese woodcuts.
- Spitfire mark XVI
- R.J. Mitchell
- Photographic collection
- glass plates
- 20th century community history
- Arnold Bennett
- Transport memorabilia
- Oliver Lodge
- Industrial history
- Post-medieval ceramics
- Lightwood Hoard
- Iron age
- gold torcs
- Saxon pottery
- Bronze age
- gold bracelet
- roman silver
- roman coins
- natural history
- Botanical collections
- Charles Darwin
- bird eggs
- Environmental recording
- Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
- Royal Doulton
- Designated Collection
- The Staffordshire Hoard
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.
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.
- Any age
Friday Twilight - A Chinese Adventure
- 27 March 2015 6:30-9pm *on now
Travel to the mystical world of the Orient in this interactive film evening and discover the stories of the Chinese zodiac animals. Find out how each animal was chosen to represent the 12 year animal cycle of the Chinese New Year and what happened to the cat!
Take part in a craft activity and write the sign of your designated animal in Chinese characters on a flag and then watch Disney film Mulan.
Fruit juice and fortune cookies will be served on arrival and children can come dressed as their favourite animal.
- Any age
Adults £5, Children under 6 free, Children aged 2 - 12 £2, Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £10
Oh, What a Lovely War
- 17 — 19 April 2015
Marking the centenary of World War 1, Mow Cop Players present Oh What a Lovely War as part of the Potteries Museum commemorations.
This satirical musical about World War One originally premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963. It was an immediate hit, transferring to the West End and opening on Broadway in 1964.
The story of the conflict is told through songs and entertainments of the time, drawing on historical documents, the production took the form of a seaside pierrot show of the period, to produce an extraordinary piece of theatre both deeply moving and thoroughly entertaining.
- Not suitable for children
Adults £10, Concessions £8
CSI The Science of the Great War
- 25 April 2015 11am-4pm
Over the past hundred years significant developments in science and technology have led to dramatic improvements in public health, lifestyle and economic security. Much of this is a direct legacy of the science emanating from one of the most devastating periods of world history – World War One. This event showcases some of these developments and will provide visitors with a combination of hands on experience, interactive exhibits and expert talks. These will include trench archaeology, the chemical development of poison gas, visit a frontline medical station and have a go at making periscopes.
- Any age
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.
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.