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.

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Admission charges


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.
Ozzy Owl

Rainbow Trail

  • 1 — 30 April 2017 *on now

Help Ozzy Owl find a museum object for each colour of the rainbow.
£1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13




Past Pleasures

A Day in the Life of Josiah Wedgwood

  • 29 April 2017 11am-6pm

To celebrate Staffordshire Day discover what life and times were like in the Georgian period for Josiah Wedgwood and his workers.

It is the year 1769 and Wedgwood has opened his “Potter’s Paradise” at Etruria. Meet the master potter himself and his ‘Lunar Society’ friend and physician Erasmus Darwin as they discuss their plans for the new factory in the local coffee house. Listen to Mrs Baskeyfield as she shares tales of London coffee houses and her delight that here in Staffordshire her establishment is being favoured by two such illustrious gentlemen.

Discover some of the strange job names, for example a sagger-maker’s bottom knocker, and the terms and conditions of working at this innovative new place. Watch as Wedgwood interviews new recruits for his workplace and join in the debates about female apprentices.

This family-inspired day involves fun debates, dances, songs and ‘affairs of honour’ with a variety of different characters from the affluent genteel classes of society to the rugged working-class tradesmen and women.

The museum will have extended opening hours until 8pm with the event finishing at 6pm. Afternoon Teas will be served from 4pm and, in honour of Staffordshire Day, our café will be offering homemade Staffordshire lobby throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Murder Mystery

Friday Twilight – Arnold Bennett Murder Mystery

  • 5 May 2017 7-10pm

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of local author Arnold Bennett the book club choose and discuss "The Card". Who was murdered, and by whom? Will everyone put their cards on the table....are you a card? Join us for a pack of laughs while being wined and dined - solve the murder and win a prize.....! Tickets £27.50 and includes three course dinner, coffee and glass of wine or juice on arrival. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323. 7 - 10pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets £27.50 and includes three course dinner, coffee and glass of wine or juice on arrival. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323. 7 - 10pm.




  • 6 May 2017 2-3:30pm

When people think about the building and fitting out of the Titanic, it is not the Midlands that they immediately associate with this liner. Although the ship was built in Belfast, registered in Liverpool and sailed from Southampton, the fact is that around 70 per cent of her interiors came from the Midlands.

This pivotal piece of research from Titanic expert and author Andrew Lound explores the role played by the people and the varied industries of the Midlands in the life of the most famous ship in the world. From interior fittings and crystal and plate to crew and passengers and local reactions, the story of the Midlands and Titanic is presented here for the first time.

To celebrate the release of his new book, RMS.Titanic: Made in the Midlands, Andrew will present a dramatic performance which includes historic images, music, video, costume that will make you feel that you were on-board the Titanic on that fateful night.

Andrew’s book is available to buy in our retail shop and he will be staying behind after the performance to sign copies.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets adults £8, concessions £6.


Paper Bag Bugs

Craft Activity: Paper Bag Bugs

  • 13 May 2017 11am-3pm

What mini beasts live in your garden or park? Create your very own bug from a paper bag, wiggly eyes and a variety of materials.
Drop in 11am – 3pm

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10





Springtime Fun

  • 13 May 2017 11am-3:30pm

Watch out, Bob the Butterfly and Jerry the Gerbera have escaped the greenhouse and are ready to explore their new surroundings. These colourful, playful characters will mix and mingle with ease, as they flutter and flit on stilts, delighting young and old alike. The event will also include a variety of real animals.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Jane Austen Afternoon Tea - Romp through the Regency

  • 14 May 2017 1-2:30pm

Join our ‘Master of the Ceremonies’ as he leads you on a light-hearted romp through the Regency period whilst you enjoy a beautiful Afternoon Tea.

Against a backdrop of national flags, and drawing upon numerous images and illustrations, you are introduced to both the high spots and the low points that occurred during this most colourful period in our Nation’s history.

The audience is encouraged to cheer, to boo, and to hiss; in short, the trials and tribulations of the period 1811 to 1820 are brought to life in a light-hearted, entertaining, and informative fashion.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets £15 and must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323.


Clay animals

Craft Activity: Wide Mouth Clay Animals

  • 30 May — 1 June 2017

Take inspiration from the animals in our Natural History Gallery and create your own imaginary wide mouth animal. Make your creation from air drying clay, wiggly eyes, sequins and feathers.
Drop-in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 3pm

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10



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


The Potteries Museum

Museum Events Page



01782 232323


01782 232500

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