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
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.
Morbid Curiosities

Friday Twilight - ‘Morbid Curiosities ’

  • 20 October 2017 7:30-9:30pm *on now

We welcome back ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ theatre group for a wonderfully Gothic presentation this Halloween.

Be chilled by the Queens of Victorian horror fiction with their latest theatrical combination of vintage blood-curdlers! This original stage thriller features all-new adaptations of The Yellow Wallpaper, The Old Nurse's Story and John Charrington's Wedding. Allow the ghouls of the nineteenth-century to crawl from their crypts, as they show how the female of the species can be even deadlier than the male...

Theatre performance 7.30 – 9.30pm, please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10, concessions £8. Bar opens at 6.30pm serving Halloween cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10, concessions £8.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Welephant

Welephant and the Fire Engine

  • 23 October 2017 11am-2:30pm

Meet Welephant the Fire Services well-loved mascot as he brings a real Fire Engine to the museum. Discover how this fire appliance works and have your photo taken with the vehicle. Children can also join in with our craft activities. Free, 11am -2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Bat Hat

Craft Activity - Batty Hats

  • 24 — 26 October 2017

This Halloween season get creative and make a bat inspired hat. Drop-in
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm, cost £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

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

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

fruit bat skeleton

Museums at Night: The Truth Behind Horrifying Natural History

  • 27 October 2017 7-8pm

Can bats get tangled in your hair? Will giant spiders take over your house? Join our Curator of Natural History for a talk that explores the stories surrounding some of our most feared animals.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

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

Bird of Prey Mask

Bird of Prey Mask

  • 28 October 2017 11am-3pm

Be inspired by the birds in our Natural History Collection and make your own bird of prey mask to take home.
Drop-in 11am-3pm, cost £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop-in 11am-3pm, cost £1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

  • 28 October 2017 2-3pm

This family friendly show reveals the story behind the classic tale of Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly. Set in a thunderstorm high in the mountains the atmosphere is chilled as she happily tells her story but she is soon joined by the creature himself. Performance at 2pm, tickets £2

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £2

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

GHothic Hawk

Trick and Treat

  • 28 October 2017 11am-4pm

Enjoy a Gothic theme at the museum this Halloween. Meet two giggling ghouls as they dance and prance along to malevolent music. Watch as they perform terrifying tricks and stupid stunts. Discover the natural and supernatural character of real hawks with our Victorian naturalists and marvel at curious tales of extinctions and experiments. Children can also make their own Bird of Prey mask to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Halloween Afternoon Tea

Halloween Afternoon Tea

  • 29 October 2017 12-1:30pm

Dare you join us for this Afternoon Tea with a difference? Meet some fearsome fairy-tale villains and members of the spooky Addams Family.
This tea party will include a selection of sandwiches, small cakes, scone and cream, juice and tea or coffee all served on our vintage-style Burleigh ware.
Bring your camera to capture a wickedly fun afternoon. Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323 children £8, adults £10. Serving at 12noon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Children £8, adults £10. Serving at 12noon.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Murder Mystery

Friday Twilight – Snow White Murder Mystery

  • 17 November — 17 December 2017

It’s Panto time again for Mow Cop Players as they start their rehearsals at the museum. But murder is soon committed and the Wicked Stepmother is found dead. Who committed the deadly deed, was it Snow White or one of the poison dwarfs! 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

Website

http://stokemuseums.org,uk

Fossil

It’s All about Survival

  • 18 November 2017 2-3pm

Join us for the 3rd in our series exploring evolution using our fossil and zoology collections. Explore with us why we owe it all to the fishes, how some water living creatures moved to the land and why did they bother! 2pm. Tickets £2

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £2

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • 23 November — 3 December 2017

In a land far, far away (isn't it always) there lived a beautiful Princess, her name was Snow White. Think you've heard the story before? Well, think again because this is Mow Cop Players brand new version of the classic fairy tale. Come along and meet Snow White's friends, Cook, Muddles and Puddles. Swoon over the handsome Prince and BOOOO at the evil Queen as she plots to get rid of Snow White and rule the Kingdom for herself! Can she succeed? Witness bad guys, good guys, poisoned apples and of course THE DWARFS!
Please call 07902 054511 for further details of dates, times and ticket prices or email ticketsmowcopplayers@hotmail.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please call 07902 054511 for further details of dates, times and ticket prices or email ticketsmowcopplayers@hotmail.co.uk

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Snow Lion

An Animal Winter Wonderland

  • 25 November 2017 From 11am

From the Forests of Eternal Snow pads the giant white lion, a mythical emblem of the season celebrating the light of human kindness in the depths of winter's darkest days. Meet Crumpet the Elf and his friends the penguin family. Interact with these beautiful creatures, give them a stroke and pose for a photo. There will also be an opportunity to meet some real penguins and children can make their own penguin puppet to take home. 11am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Gothic for Girls

Gothic for Girls

  • 3 December 2017 1:30-3pm

Enter the wonderful world of classic supernatural stories in this exciting new presentation from History Wardrobe showcasing sinister women and the enduring lure of black in fashion.
With shiveringly beautiful costumes and darkly dramatic readings from the best of British 'gothic' writing, including Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley, Mrs Radcliffe, Charles Dickens and Horace Walpole... and coming right up to date with The Woman in Black.
Tickets, £10, concessions £8 and includes a homemade Cream Tea. Please call 01782 232323 to book, presentation at 1.30pm

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets, £10, concessions £8 and includes a homemade Cream Tea. Please call 01782 232323 to book, presentation at 1.30pm

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Christmas

Afternoon Tea with Mother Christmas

  • 10 December 2017 12:30-2pm

Enjoy a festive Afternoon Tea with Mother Christmas. As Father Christmas has sooooooo much to do, he cannot be with us for our 'Christmas Tea' and so, his wife, Mother Christmas, has come on his behalf - to entertain us with festive stories. Hear the story of the real Father Christmas together with a rendition of 'The Night before Christmas' as well as other seasonal tales! Serving at 12.30pm, adults £12, children £10

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Serving at 12.30pm, adults £12, children £10

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Another Christmas Carol

Friday Twilight - Another Christmas Carol

  • 15 December 2017 7-10pm

Enjoy an audience with Charles Dickens as he regales his audience with this hitherto-unknown festive tale. In the style of the public performances the great Victorian writer gave during the nineteenth century, this one-man stage show from ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ is the perfect seasonal treat to whet your appetite for the Yuletide celebrations! Tickets £19.95, please call 01782 232323 to book. Price includes a two course festive buffet served from 7pm followed by theatre performance 8 ‐ 10pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £19.95, please call 01782 232323 to book.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Victorian Christmas

A Victorian Christmas

  • 16 December 2017 11am-3:30pm

Hunting and hawking were popular winter traditions that provided gentlemen with winter sport and kitchens with plenty of tasty wild fayre. Meet the birds used to catch game, learn about the Victorian revival of hawking and hear tales both funny and tragic about falconer’s exploits at Christmas time! Also meet characters from Dicken’s famous novel A Christmas Carol. 11am

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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