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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Potteries Museum, Stoke

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.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/whats-on/world-war-1-centenary/

Taylor Wessing Competition

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

  • 27 February — 5 June 2016 *on now

On loan from the National Portrait Gallery this exhibition features award winning entries from their prestigious annual photographic competition sponsored by Taylor Wessing. Works include the main winners and other submissions from last year’s competition entries. Tickets £5, concessions £3.
Sponsored by Taylor Wessing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, concessions £3.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Design

Links to a Landscape

  • 5 March — 30 May 2016 *on now

Come and see some unusual reminders of how the local landscape has been formed and influenced. This exhibition includes sculptural forms and photographs reflecting how the past influences the present.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Rabbit

Beatrix’s Animals

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Toy Cars

Roll Models

  • 18 June — 4 September 2016

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Downton costume

Costumes from Downton

  • 2 July — 2 October 2016

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, concessions £3.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

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.
Ozzy owl

Animal Trail

  • 1 — 31 May 2016 *on now

Help Ozzy Owl find 12 animals from the Beatrix Potter’s much loved stories. £1 per trail and includes free pencil.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1 per trail

Charmaine

Friday Twilight - Reggae Night

  • 13 May 2016 7-10pm

Look forward to summer and enjoy an evening of Reggae music as Majik Flank and his band Flank Dub Department perform at the museum with live vocalist Charmaine Baines.
Flank DUB Department are a seasoned Dub collective. Each member of Flank boasts a vast history of musical diversity. Together they form a unique collective of Reggae and Dub artists mashed together to bring you a clash of old, new and original songs.
This show brings you the cream of reggae musicianship with founder and melodic guitarist Maciej Flank, multiple vocalist Charmaine Baines and guest artist Golty Farabeau, a reggae musician born in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
Our bar will also be serving a refreshing range of Caribbean cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £6, concessions £5, call 01782 232323 to book.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady

  • 15 May 2016 1:30-3pm

To complement the National Portrait Gallery exhibition this special event looks at a time before cameras captured the human image.
This costumed presentation by History Wardrobe offers an enchanting view of the creation of beauty in portraits of the late 18th Century.
Marvellous anecdotes about Georgian life and utterly sumptuous costumes make this a delightful artistic experience. Whether you're a fan of Sir Joshua Reynolds or Thomas Gainsborough, fashion, femininity and art history are all interwoven in a truly enthralling ensemble.
This event will appropriately take place within the museum’s Art Gallery and ticket price includes entry into the adjacent National Portrait exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £10, concessions £8.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Roman Face Pot

Roman Face Pot

  • 31 May — 2 June 2016

Make a roman style pot from clay and decorate it with a face to scare away evil spirits. Drop in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15 – 3.00pm. £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Roman Falconry

The Romans are Coming!

  • 2 June 2016 11am-4pm

Meet Roman soldiers from local re-enactment group the Ermine Street Guard as the museum celebrates the ancient past of Staffordshire.
Visitors will be able to learn about aspects of the Roman soldier's training, the firing of artillery pieces and what everyday life was like at the time.
In addition there will be a display of ‘Birds of the Roman Empire’ The Romans are not well known for practicing falconry, they had observed their enemies hunting with birds but hawking did not fit their fashion for arena entertainment. However at the end of the Roman occupation of Britain after clashes with the Persians and the Germanics that falconry first came to Britannia.
Join the Roman Falconarius and meet his feathered deities, listen to tales of birds who brought victory and warning, and learn about the ancient mythology of the Romans’ most familiar birds.

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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