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.
Staffordshire Cat

Make your own Staffordshire Cat

  • 1 July 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

In this full day workshop you will learn the basics of needle felting and create your own miniature cat in the Staffordshire style, under the guidance of Gretel Parker. All materials are provided and the use of tools on the day. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take your cat home and proudly display it. Very limited numbers, please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £20. 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Admission

Very limited numbers, please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £20.

Bollywood film

Bollywood Film Evening

  • 7 July 2017 6-9pm

Working in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service the museum will be hosting a free Bollywood film evening. U Me Aur Hum (You, Me and Us) is a 2008 Bollywood romantic drama film which examines issues surrounding Alzheimer’s.

This free screening will start at 6pm in the museum theatre. There will also be a special meal offer in the café before the event where you can purchase a curry and soft drink for £5, vegetarian option included.

For tickets contact Denise Rowe on 01785 898516 or by email at SaferCommunitiesCIC@staffordshirefire.gov.uk

Alternatively you can reserve tickets from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery by calling 01782 232323

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Dance

FRONTLINEdance

  • 8 July 2017 From 3pm

Over four days, FRONTLINEdance's artistic director, Rachael Lines will work with a new cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers as part of a 5 day residency, to make new work in and outside the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
It will be about chance encounters that we have with strangers and what happens next, exploring how we are naturally drawn to and feel comfortable around some people, and how we react differently to those who make us feel tense, uncomfortable or those who may make us blush!
A public performance of this residency will take place on Saturday 8 July at 3pm. It will be a family friendly show designed to make you smile with sections devised just for children and adults alike (with the help of a special arrival!)...... you may even get to make a paper aeroplane or two!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Afternoon Tea

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea

  • 8 July 2017 1:30-3pm

Get into the Wimbledon spirit with this special Afternoon Tea served with a glass of Prosecco. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, chocolate dipped strawberries and range of homemade cakes in our café with our resident pianist. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, serving at 1.30pm, tickets £14.50

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323,tickets £14.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Polly Parrot

Craft Activity: Pretty Polly Parrot!

  • 9 July 2017 11am-3pm

Make your own pirate companion and create a parrot from a balloon, card and feathers but be careful it doesn’t go BANG!!
Drop in 11am – 3pm
£1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Pirates

Pirates Day

  • 9 July 2017 From 11am

Join us for a packed programme of piratical pursuits including sing-a-long Sea Shanties, storytelling, 'Pirate School' with cutlass drill, and watch the puppet show 'Blackbeard the Pirate'. There will also be a selection of real parrots and animals straight from the Caribbean.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Gin

Friday Twilight – Gin Tasting Evening

  • 14 July 2017 7-8pm

Gin is now one of the most fashionable drinks in our bars and clubs. But people have been drinking gin for over 300 years since the time of William of Orange. Come and discover the history, science and making of one of the nation’s most popular drinks. Enjoy a selection of gins with matching garnishes accompanied with a variety of nibbles.
Afterwards please join us in the museum café for our free folk music evening where our bar will be serving a selection of gin based cocktails.
Very limited numbers, pre-booking essential by calling 01782 232323. Tickets £15.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Very limited numbers, pre-booking essential by calling 01782 232323. Tickets £15.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Folk Music

Friday Twilight – Folk Music Evening

  • 14 July 2017 7-10pm

Enjoy an evening of Folk music professional musician Sheena Bratt whose band has shared festival line-ups with Ed Sheeran, Midge Ure and many more. In this solo performance she will be performing a combination of some of her favourite songs by others, along with her own music.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Vikings

The Vicious Vikings

  • 22 July 2017 From 11am

Welcome to the world of Val and Halla and their loony longboat legends. These two crazy characters attempt to tell the story of how Viking influence grew and spread throughout the world and how they eventually came to settle in England

The Vicious Vikings is an interactive, comedy, story-telling show that follows the rise and fall of the Viking armies as they roamed, rampaged and pillaged their way around Europe.

With a bit of magic you can become the heroes, villains and monsters of the Viking sagas...and still be home in time for tea!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Romans

Festival of Archaeology

  • 22 July 2017 11am-4pm

Join the national celebration of our archaeological heritage. Come along to meet the Roman soldiers of the Ermine Street Guard and step inside the Viking world of Val and Halla with their interactive pop-up theatre show. Try out a range of hands-on archaeological activities. Free, 11am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Hands-on Science

Hands-on Science Roadshow

  • 23 July 2017 11:30-3:30am

We are pleased to announce that students from Cambridge University will be visiting the museum to present a family friendly science themed event.

Cambridge Hands On Science (CHaOS) is a student society which aims to show children and families that science can be fun and exciting, and something that they can understand.

Have you ever wondered what music looks like? What’s inside your body? What creepy-crawlies do all day? (apart from all the creeping and crawling, that is!) Discover the answers to all of these puzzles, and more!

The CHaOS Roadshow brings you fun hands-on experiments, each with a friendly, enthusiastic student volunteer who will answer all of your questions about why the world is the way it is.

Join us for a series of crazy, messy, loud and exciting drop-in experiments for kids and adults too! A great day out for the whole family.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Soldier

Craft Activity: Roman Soldier

  • 25 — 27 July 2017

Make a Roman Soldier to take home.
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

Clay

Craft Activity: Twit-ta-woo!

  • 1 — 3 August 2017

Visit our famous slipware Owl, Ozzy in the Ceramics Gallery and use him as inspiration to make your own owl from air drying clay.
Drop-in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 3pm
£1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

31.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Balloon Bug

Craft Activity: Balloon Bugs

  • 8 — 10 August 2017

Create your own imaginary bug from balloons. Have a look at our collection of insects on show in the Natural History Gallery for ideas. Make your bug by using a balloon, card, and wiggly eyes but make sure it doesn’t POP!
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

Iron Age Pot

Craft Activity: Iron Age clay pot

  • 15 — 17 August 2017

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

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

Hoard

Wulf’s Quest 2017

  • 31 August — 1 September 2017

Travel back in time to the fifth century where King Wulf needs you and your family to unite to save the Kingdom of Mercia from the tyranny of famine. You are tasked to complete five varied challenges and collect as much gold as you can to save the kingdom.

Quests at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Maximum of 6 places per team, children must be accompanied by an adult, mixed ages encouraged.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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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