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

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

Potted History

Potted Histories: named, dated and inscribed pottery

  • 5 May — 3 July 2016 *on now

Come and uncover answers to the who, when, where, why and how of some of the museum’s named, dated and inscribed pottery. These pots reveal some of the fascinating stories of the people who made, purchased, owned, or were commemorated by them.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Spiritualism

Light, Truth, Nature

  • 9 May — 5 June 2016 *on now

To complement the National Portrait Gallery exhibition there is a display of photographs by Daniele Sambo. They are part of a project ‘Spirited Stoke: Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent (SpELS)’ and explores spiritualism within the city. For further information on the artist please visit www.dansambo.com and for details of the research project www.takingwiththedead.co.uk

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

Roman Face Pot

Roman Face Pot

  • 31 May — 2 June 2016 *on now

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

Graffitti Art

Friday Twilight - Graffiti Art

  • 3 June 2016 5-9pm

Join our experienced graffiti artist and take part in a community workshop to produce a mural of free hand graffiti designs.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Elizabeth I

An Audience with Elizabeth I and Cream Tea

  • 5 June 2016 1:30-3:30pm

To celebrate the 90th birthday of Elizabeth II we invite you to travel back in time to meet the first Queen Elizabeth and discover what factors influenced her reign during the 16th century.

There is no doubt that Gloriana had one of the most profound effects on English and European politics. The Protestant queen however was only given a matter of months on the throne by observers of the day believing she could not hope to survive.

Queen Elizabeth, in fact, went on to rule England longer than any other monarch before her. Her passionate belief in the English people and her lack of marital ambition combined with a brilliant mind and outstanding political skills is why she was so hugely successful.

This glittering costumed presentation will transport the audience back to the time of Drake, Raleigh and Shakespeare on England’s voyage into the Renaissance.

Afterwards enjoy a traditional homemade cream tea served with tea or coffee in our café.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Over 16’s only. Tickets £12, concessions £10. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323 or email melanie.firman@stoke.gov.uk

Andy Robertshaw

The Battle of the Somme 1916 in Perspective

  • 18 June 2016 11am-3pm

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme which took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916. Fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire it was one of the largest battles of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
This illustrated presentation by Andrew Robertshaw examines why and how the battle was fought in addition to its place in popular culture and imagination.
Andy is one of the UK’s most exciting military historians, with a unique hands-on approach to history, combining archaeological and experimental techniques with unparalleled archival research to reveal what it was really like to be on the frontline of history.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Afternoon Tea

A Fairy-tale Afternoon Tea

  • 25 June 2016 12-4pm

Enjoy a delicious homemade Afternoon Tea in the company of our Disney princesses including Snow White and Cinderella. Join in a sing-a-long and bring your camera to capture a fairy-tale moment! Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323, children £8, adults £10. Servings at 12 and 2.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323, children £8, adults £10. Servings at 12 and 2.30pm.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Edwardian Hats

Deliciously Downton: The importance of hats in the Edwardian Era

  • 3 July 2016 1:30-3pm

A whirlwind trip through the enchanting history of the hat, discovering how such a frippery led to unique changes in the lives and dress of 20th century women. From laws to protect men’s safety, self-defence classes for women, the declining morals of ladies and international protests! Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes entry to the Costumes of Downton exhibition. Please call 01782 232323 to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes entry to the Costumes of Downton exhibition. Please call 01782 232323 to book.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Murder Mystery

Friday Twilight - Murder at the Hall

  • 8 July 2016 7-10pm

Join Mow Cop Players for this Murder Mystery evening. All is not what it seems at Downtown Hall as murder is committed amongst the cream of Edwardian High Society. What did the Butler see and dare he tell? This is a case of upstairs downstairs intrigue which only you can solve. Tickets £24.50 and includes three course dinner, coffee and glass of wine or juice on arrival. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £24.50 and includes three course dinner, coffee and glass of wine or juice on arrival. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Car Hat

Beep, beep!

  • 26 — 28 July 2016

Make a hat inspired by your favourite vehicle from our exhibition. Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Drop in 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Batman

KAPOW!

  • 30 July 2016 11am-4pm

Meet Batman and other characters from your favourite comic books and TV shows. Join Thunderbirds scientist Brains in his theatrical experiments exploring his scientific endeavours and take part in our craft activity. Free, 11am – 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Mr Meakin

Afternoon Tea with the Edwardian Butler

  • 31 July 2016 1:30-3pm

Enjoy a homemade Afternoon Tea with ‘Meakin’ our Edwardian Butler. Discover his range of responsibilities as he is charged with managing the household and attending to the many needs of his Master and the numerous ‘house guests’.

The soul of discretion, he is a professional (having been in ‘Service’ his entire life) who performs his duties in a calm and unhurried manner. In addition to managing an extensive ‘below stairs’ workforce, he oversees the management of the wine cellar, the cleaning and safe custody of the dining silver, the ironing of newspapers, the polishing of loose change, and the blacking of boots!

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets £15 and includes entry to the Costumes of Downton exhibition.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Cauliflower Pot

Cauliflower Cups

  • 2 — 4 August 2016

Make a pot from clay inspired by Wedgwood’s famous vegetable pottery. Drop in
10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop in
10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm. £1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Agatha Christie

Friday Twilight - Agatha Christie and Art Deco

  • 5 August 2016 7-9pm

Characters from Christie's era are brought to life through dramatic readings and dazzling Deco fashions by History Wardrobe. See beaded frocks and evening gowns from the 20s and 30s. Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes free entry to the Costumes from Downton exhibition. 7pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £10, concessions £8 and includes free entry to the Costumes from Downton exhibition.

Website

http://www.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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