The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Bethesda Street


The Potteries Museum

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01782 232323


01782 232500

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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
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.


Chinese ceramics

Ahead of the Curve: new china from China

  • 16 March — 31 May 2015 *on now

Ahead of the Curve: new china from China is an international touring exhibition showcasing contemporary ceramics and glass from 20 emerging and established Chinese artists. It will include striking new work and demonstrate current trends and practices from Jingdezhen and Shanghai.

Also on display within the exhibition will be exquisite objects from the museum’s own world-class collection of historic Chinese ceramics collection, allowing visitors the opportunity to compare and contrast the ancient and modern.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Animal Alphabet

  • 23 May — 27 September 2015

This summer our gloriously colourful family friendly exhibition shows off some of the wonderful animals we have in our various collections at the museum. We have picked objects to make up an alphabet based on animals - from a tiptoeing Armadillo to a ceramic Zebra.

Have fun working your way through the alphabet trail finding the animals we have selected - some you might expect, but some are less obvious. Make up a list of animals that you might have chosen whilst the smaller ones amongst you can dress up as a giraffe.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.
Radio Workshop

Sounds of Now

  • 2 May 2015 2-4:30pm

Using radio and broadcasting as a starting point, work with artist Polly Brannan to create sound bites from the local area, exploring ideas around agency, collaboration and mapping. This workshop will explore a range of different ideas and techniques.

Suitable for

  • 16-17


Free workshop but limited numbers so please book in advance.


Andy Robertshaw

Bombs, Bullets and Bayonets

  • 2 May 2015 11am-2pm

As part of the museum’s World War One commemorative programme we will be hosting a specialist lecture with leading military historian Andrew Robertshaw - author, broadcaster and consultant for the film Warhorse.
In this presentation Andrew will be discussing the weapons of trench warfare illustrated by a unique range of real, deactivated weapons and ammunition. This talk ranges from the Webley Revolver to trench mortars by way of grenades and all the other munitions developed during the Great War.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Kingdom of Mercia Gallery

Staffordshire Hoard Tour

  • 2 May 2015 11:30am-3:30pm

Explore the dazzling Staffordshire Hoard under the guidance of our expert curator Deb Klemperer, who was present when it was unearthed and has worked closely with it ever since.
The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Now world famous, the Staffordshire Hoard is much more than a collection of Anglo-Saxon war booty – it’s the legacy of craftsmen whose artistry fashioned precious metals and gemstones into incredibly detailed sword hilt fittings, helmet items and other items. Discover the latest theories from our research programme and its wider context within Anglo-Saxon society.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Ceramic Store

'Behind the Scene' Tours

  • 2 May 2015 10:30am-2:30pm

Take a tour of our ‘behind the scenes’ ceramic and natural history collections with our specialist curators. Discover some hidden secrets and the stories behind some objects in store.
Hear the story of the mummified cat and find out what is so deadly about the puffer fish when you visit the natural history store.
Discover some hidden treasures in our ceramics store and find out about the history of the museum and its collections. See how the collections came to be here and who gave them to the City including the personal stories of some of our more unusual pieces.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Dornier Bomber

Friday Twilight - Dornier Bomber, The Inside Story

  • 8 May 2015 7:30-8:30pm

Get a fascinating glimpse into the huge undertaking that saw the RAF Museum recover the world’s only surviving Dornier 17z bomber from the seabed. Hear the inside story – the challenges overcome, the items discovered and the conservation work undertaken in order to display this unique Battle of Britain survivor. The talk will be led by Darren Priday, Conservation Centre Manager at RAF Museum, Cosford.
Prior to the talk visitors will be able buy a traditional ‘Pie & Pea’ supper in the Museum Café accompanied by music of the Second World War era. Visitors will also be able to explore the ground floor of the Museum, including the improved Spitfire Gallery.


Home Front

Spitfire 70th Birthday Party

  • 9 May 2015 11am-4pm

This year marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day and the end of the war in Europe. It is also 70 years since the City’s Mark XVI Spitfire was constructed and to celebrate the museum and local Children’s Centres are throwing a birthday party for this iconic aircraft.
Enjoy a VE style street party, have a go at making bunting and see what role pigeons played in the Second World War. Discover what life was like on the home front with fashion on the ration to make do and mend and find out the alternative use of gravy browning and how to make a mock fried egg.

Suitable for

  • Any age


  • 9 May 2015 2-3pm

From cocoon to couture is a wonderfully sumptuous indulgence of fabrics and fashions from the last 200 years by History Wardrobe, along with stories of the women who wove, sewed and wore them.
This presentation will feature never-before-seen silk garments from the History Wardrobe costume collection, including 18th century Spitalfields silk, Victorian gowns, 1920s lingerie and a Hardy Amies printed silk dress.


Please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £6 per person, concessions £5.


Craft Activity

Paper Bag Bug Puppets

  • 26 — 28 May 2015

Hunt for creepy crawlies in our family friendly Animal Alphabet exhibition and make a creepy crawly hand puppet to take home.
Visit The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for an exciting programme of activities and events. We offer fun filled activities for families during the school holidays where you can make something fun to take home. The activities are inspired by our world class collections and temporary exhibitions. When you have finished the activity why not pick up a family trail and explore the galleries.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13




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.