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.
- 19 March — 24 September 2016 *on now
To celebrate the 150 anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter this displays features some of the animals brought to life in her stories.
- Any age
- 18 June — 4 September 2016 *on now
Die-cast model trains, trucks, buses and cars abound in this fun-filled show from the museum’s collections. A must for transport model enthusiasts and families alike. Includes fantasy vehicles from well-loved family TV shows.
- Any age
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.
- 30 August — 1 September 2016 *on now
Make a clay tile inspired by your favourite season. Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50
Upstairs, Downstairs Museum Tours
- 8 — 9 September 2016 11:30am-2:30pm
To celebrate Heritage Open Days the museum will be conducting specialist tours of our ceramics and social history galleries. Discover some of the stories behind our famous ceramic objects and experience the unique opportunity of truly going ‘behind the scenes’ as you are invited to be a part of the display in the Edwardian pub and kitchen area. Tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm, each tour needs to be booked separately by calling 01782 232323, free.
Edwardian Family Day
- 10 September 2016 11am-3pm
To celebrate Heritage Open Day and the Costumes from Downton exhibition the museum will be hosting a free Edwardian family fun day. Watch dance performances of the era including a routine of top hats and tails and the Charleston dance with audience participation.
Step back to an era of elegance, in food and clothing. Watch as historic cook, Julia Gant recreates a lavish afternoon tea fit for Downton Abbey and experience some of the tastes of the times. Be careful! You might be put to work in the kitchen!
Children can also take part our craft activity and have a go at making a dapper pocket watch or a sparkly headdress (small charge applies). Drop-in 11am – 3pm.
- Any age
- 11 September 2016 1:30-2:30pm
A talk by Susanna Buxton designer of Downton Abbey costumes from series 1 and 2 of the critically acclaimed drama. Discover what inspired her beautiful creations and how these reflected the characters dramatized in the programme.
This Emmy-award winning designer will explain the challenges she faced when deciding the appropriate style of dress for some of the main female characters, including the Dowager Countess of Grantham and Lady Mary.
Susanna will also describe the in-depth research she undertook into fashions of the period and how some of her designs incorporated original embroidered dress panels from the era. Her presentation will also focus on the gowns she designed which are featured within the current Costumes from Downton exhibition at the museum.
Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes entry to the Costumes from Downton exhibition. Please call 01782 232323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes entry to the Costumes from Downton exhibition
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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