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.
Ozzy Owl

Chinese Zodiac Trail

  • 3 January — 28 February 2017 *on now

Help Ozzy Owl find the animals from the Chinese Zodiac. £1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Chinese Dragon

Chinese New Year of the Rooster

  • 5 February 2017 11am-4pm

Come along to the museum on Sunday 5 February and help us welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. This colourful and vibrant festival will include traditional Dragon and Lion dances, firecrackers, magic, acrobats and Chinese folk dancing.

In our theatre there will be performances from children from the local Chinese Sunday school and an extract of Cantonese Opera performed in full cultural costume.
Crafts activities will be taking place throughout the day and include Chinese painting, writing and origami.

The museum will have extended opening hours for this event and will open at 10am and close at 5pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Murder Mystery

Friday Twilight – A Murder Most Royal

  • 10 February 2017 7-10pm

Join us for a night of romance, intrigue and murder at the court of Charles II. Mow Cop Players will take you back in time to meet the king’s favourite mistress Nell Gwyn and other courtiers. But who was responsible for the murder at court? 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://stikemuseums.org.uk

Circus

Once Upon a Pillow Fight

  • 19 February 2017 From 12:30pm

Contemporary circus company Upswing and Stratford Circus Arts Centre are coming to Stoke-on-Trent with their playful and interactive pop-up acrobatic performance, Once Upon a Pillow Fight! A delightful show for all the family with madcap acrobatics and nap time shenanigans. Performance times 12.30 and 2.30pm, free.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Nell Gwyn

Nell Gwyn: more than a mistress?

  • 19 February 2017 From 1:30pm

Join costume historian and dressmaker Meridith Towne for this lively presentation as she explores the fascinating life of Nell Gwyn, Charles II’s favourite, and most famous, mistress. From Drury Lane orange seller to courtesan, we consider her incredible journey of rags to riches. 1.30pm Tickets, £10, concessions £8 and includes a homemade Cream Tea.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets, £10, concessions £8 and includes a homemade Cream Tea.

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Clay Dinosaur

Clay Dinosaurs

  • 21 — 23 February 2017

Make your favourite dinosaur from clay.
Drop-in activity 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 3pm
£1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Dinosaur

Odysseia the Parasaurolophus

  • 25 February 2017 From 11:30am

Meet the adventurer Captain Jon Voyage and his beautiful dinosaur, Odysseia the Parasaurolophus. Help the Captain as he studies his map, in an attempt to return the beast to the late cretaceous period of the land that time forgot. Appearances will be at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm, free.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Ozzy Owl

Rainbow Trail

  • 1 — 31 March 2017

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

Admission

£1

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Peach

The Magic Peach

  • 4 March 2017 From 11:30am

Meet Old Green Grasshopper, Miss Spider and Lady Bird as they take you on a global bug safari in their ‘magic peach’. Hear stories, listen to songs and discover facts about insects from around the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Sylvia

SYLVIA

  • 7 March 2017 From 11am

A one woman play about the early life and artistic career of Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement. The play will be accompanied with 250 slides depicting suffragette processions, hunger strikes and many of her known paintings.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Sherlock Holmes

Friday Twilight – Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour

  • 17 March 2017 From 7:30pm

Following its sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Holmes and Watson continue with their farewell tour.

Alongside his faithful sidekick Dr Watson and with the able aid of trusted compatriots Mrs. Hudson and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, Sherlock Holmes will attempt to re-enact one of his most baffling unsolved cases, promising an evening of intrigue, amazement and amusement.

Expertly written by Stuart Fortey, there’s everything you might expect from Sherlock Holmes - and more!

This is your final chance to catch Holmes and Watson on their farewell tour. Don’t miss it, it’s elementary!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £10, concessions £8, please call 01782 232323 to book

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Fairytale

A Fairy-tale Afternoon Tea

  • 19 March 2017 From 12pm

Enjoy a delicious homemade Afternoon Tea in the company of ‘Beauty’, ‘Mrs Teapot’ and her other friends from the castle. Don’t forget to bring along your camera to capture a fairy-tale moment!

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://stokemuseums.org.uk

Afternoon Tea

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

  • 26 March 2017 From 1:30pm

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Ozzy Owl

Rainbow Trail

  • 1 — 30 April 2017

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

Admission

£1

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

CSI

CSI - The Science of the Great War

  • 1 April 2017 11am-4pm

Working with Staffordshire and Keele Universities and Stoke-on-Trent Archaeology Service we will explore the science and technological aspects of World War One In a series of hands-on activities visitors can learn about trench archaeology, the chemical development of poison gas and have a go at making their own periscopes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Band

Friday Twilight - Captain Stingrays Groove Machine

  • 7 April 2017 7-10:30pm

Captain Stingrays Groove Machine is a live band specializing in AfroBeat, Dance, Latin, and Reggae. They perform an energetic and beautiful mix of musical styles with a delivery of fun and enjoyment, you will not be disappointed.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Jaw

Jaw Wars

  • 8 April 2017 From 2pm

How did we get our jaw and what do humans have in common with an ancient fish? Examine these questions with us through fossils, skulls (including the sabre tooth) and insects.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £2

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Family

Craft Activity – Springtime Hat

  • 11 — 13 April 2017

Make your own Spring garden hat to wear.
Drop-in activity 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 3pm
£1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Shield

Anglo-Saxon Seasons and Festivals

  • 11 April 2017 From 11am

Discover some of the Anglo-Saxon Festivals of Mercia in the period 600 - 700AD. Join members of Angelcynn in tracing the annual festival cycle, and their associated activities. These include Eostre, the pagan celebration held at Easter time and Samhain a winter festival traditionally held on 31 October.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://stokemuseums.org.uk

Clay Rabbit

Easter Craft - Clay Rabbits

  • 18 — 20 April 2017

Make your own Easter Bunny from clay.
Drop-in activity 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 3pm
£1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

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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