The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
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.
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.
- Any age
Tickets £5, concessions £3.
Live Age Festival
- 30 September — 1 October 2016
Celebrating the artistic and creative works of talented, older people from across North Staffordshire. There will be an exciting programme of free workshops, performances, film screenings and guest speakers. For further information please visit www.liveagefestival.co.uk
- Any age
- 1 October 2016 2-3:30pm
This costumed presentation by highly acclaimed History Wardrobe looks back at the evolution in education for girls. ‘Jolly Hockeysticks’ is a nostalgic exploration of school days and school stories which includes the traditional female games of hockey and the infamous gym kit.
Whether you're a fan of Malory Towers or Angela Brazil this performance will bring back many memories. Meet our blue-stocking Headmistress as she celebrates the often-untold tales of pioneers in education for girls, while the irrepressible school pupil models school uniform and gym kit galore!
Afternoon Tea in the Jungle
- 9 October 2016 12-2:30pm
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the jungle with your favourite Jungle Book characters. Dress up as Shere Khan the Tiger or Baloo the friendly bear. Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323 children £8, adults £10. Servings at 12 and 2.30pm.
- Any age
Children £8, adults £10.
Friday Twilight - Murder by Gaslight
- 21 October 2016 7-9pm
Murder by Gaslight is a ghoulish audience with two of most infamous poisoners in British history - William Palmer and Harvey Crippen. We invite you to encounter these murderous men of medicine as the diabolical doctors regale you with their case histories, and invite you to judge for yourselves whether they were in fact, guilty as charged!
Brought to you by Don't Go Into The Cellar! Theatre - the British Empire's leading practitioners of macabre Victoriana! Over 18’s only.
. Please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets adults £8, concessions £6.
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.
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