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.
Victoria

Victoria

  • 2 December 2017 — 8 April 2018 *on now

See a selection of costumes from the ITV drama series ‘Victoria’ including the Coronation Gown and Robe and Wedding dress. The exhibition will be supplemented with items from the museums own collections. Tickets £5, Concessions £3.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, Concessions £3.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Mini Museum

Mini Museum

  • 9 December 2017 — 3 June 2018 *on now

Reflecting all the collections held by the museum, this family friendly exhibition will be asking visitors what their favourite objects are and how they would like to see them displayed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

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.
Whiskey

Friday Twilight – Whiskey Tasting Evening

  • 26 January 2018 7-8pm

Burns night is a traditional celebration of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. Though he died in 1796 his work and his words are still celebrated, and respected the world over. In our own nod to the man himself, we'll sample three whiskies from areas of Scotland that featured strongly in his life - and explore both the whiskies and his life with local booze blogger Charlie Hooson-Sykes. Very limited numbers, pre-booking essential by calling 01782 232323. Tickets £15. 7 – 8pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Very limited numbers, pre-booking essential by calling 01782 232323. Tickets £15.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Murder Mystery

Friday Twilight - Victorian Murder Mystery

  • 9 February 2018 7-10pm

It is the eve of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding day. Royalty from across the globe have gathered in London for the party, but before the end of the night murder most foul is committed. Who was Prince Claybourne of Stokie-Coburg and why was he killed? 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+

Admission

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.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Mill Girl

A Very Victorian Lady

  • 18 February 2018 1:30-3pm

Join History Wardrobe as they examine the life of four very Victorian working women - Mother, Millworker, Milliner and Emigrant as they tell their stories through clothes. Marvel at the maternity corset; find out what to wear on the factory floor and discover just how creative women made a living in the nineteenth-century.
A rare opportunity to see everyday clothes in action. With a unique display of original gowns and accessories. Please book in advance, tickets £10 and includes a Cream Tea, 1.30pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance, tickets £10 and includes a Cream Tea, 1.30pm

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.ukpmag

Palace of Curiosities

Palace of Curiosities

  • 19 February 2018 From 11am

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! - for a Victorian sideshow with a difference. Meet the Marcus Island Mermaid along with other objects that will amaze and astound you. Enjoy all the atmosphere, wonderment and macabre family fun of a Victorian travelling fairground curiosity sideshow.
There will also be Victorian cookery demonstrations throughout the day. 11am, free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Cup and Ball

Craft Activity - Cup and Ball Toy

  • 20 — 22 February 2018

The traditional cup and ball game was popular with Victorian children. Make your own version of the game to take home and play. Drop-in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15am – 3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year of the Dog

  • 25 February 2018 11am-5pm

Welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Dog at the museum with traditional music and dance including Dragon and Lion dance performances. This event will now be in its 10th year and to celebrate we have the rare Unicorn Dance also taking place. Other activities include Chinese craft workshops, Cantonese Opera, firecrackers, acrobatics and much more. Free, 11am - 5pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Ship of Fortune

In the Lap of the Gods: Belief, Myth and Magic in Ivory and Jade Sculpture

  • 2 March 2018 1:30-2:30pm

Drawing upon examples from the museum’s own superb collection, this talk will explore the depictions and symbolism of ‘good luck’, gods, goddesses and immortals in ivory and jade sculpture carvings. Very limited numbers so please book in advance, tickets £5, or £10 to include Cream Tea. 1.30pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £5, or £10 to include Cream Tea.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Queen Victoria

Afternoon Tea with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • 4 March 2018 1:30-3pm

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the company of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Hear about her extraordinary reign and his love of new technologies. Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1.30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Blue and White

Visions of the East: Inspiring the Staffordshire Potters

  • 9 March 2018 1:30-2:30pm

This is a specialist talk on blue and white printed pottery which has been made in Staffordshire since the 18th century. Chinese porcelain was the greatest influence, leading to the creation of the popular Willow pattern, among many others, but potters were also inspired by the exoticism of India & the Ottoman Empire. Very limited numbers so please book in advance, tickets £5, or £10 to include Cream Tea. 1.30pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £5, or £10 to include Cream Tea.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

  • 11 March 2018 1:30-2:30pm

Treat your loved ones to a delicious Afternoon Tea at the museum this Mother’s Day. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches and range of homemade cakes in our café with our resident pianist. Price includes a pink rosebud for every mother. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, serving at 1.30pm, tickets £9.50

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, serving at 1.30pm, tickets £9.50

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Whitechapel Freaks

Friday Twilight – Whitechapel Freaks Don’t go into the Cellar

  • 16 March 2018 7:30-9:30pm

The year is 1888, and London is in terror at the murder spree being committed by Saucy Jack! Why not seek respite from the horrors of Whitechapel by spending the evening inside Tabram's Music Hall? A macabre cabaret of Victorian songs, weird skits and disturbing vignettes wherein you will meet a miscellany of suspects in unfamiliar guises. But which one is the Ripper? Please book in advance, tickets £10. 7.30 – 9.30pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance, tickets £10. 7.30 – 9.30pm

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Victorian Teacher

Victorian Schoolmaster

  • 24 March 2018 11am-4pm

Meet ‘Mr Mackett’, the School Master in the local Village School, during the Victorian period, he is the only teacher employed there and teaches all subjects to all the children, regardless of their age. He is a strict disciplinarian and expects good behaviour at all times!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

Ragged Victorians

Ragged Victorians - The Great Unwashed

  • 24 March 2018 11am-4pm

The Ragged Victorians are an award winning living history group, re-enacting the lower classes of Victorian England, c1851. See the rag-n-bone man, fisherman's wives, match girls, road sweeps, rat catcher, prostitutes, petty thieves and many more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag

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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