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

Pad Marked Pots

Rectangles, Ovals, Flowers and Angels; Staffordshire Pad Mark Pottery

  • 10 — 25 February 2018 *on now

A display of recently acquired early 19th century pad marked, bone china and stoneware ceramics. Wares attributed to the factories of John & William Ridgway and John & Richard Riley as well as wares attributed to unidentified factories currently referred to as Oval Pad Mark, Imperial Stone, Chrysanthemum Pad Mark, and Angel and Banner.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Figure

Stories on the Mantelpiece - Victorian Religious Figures

  • 24 March — 1 July 2018

In the 19th century the Staffordshire potters produced many figures of religious subjects, from preachers to biblical scenes from the Old and New Testaments. This display, drawn from a private collection and the museum’s own pieces examines the rise of these popular figures in the Victorian period.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Creative Rage

Creative Rage

  • 28 April — 2 September 2018

Creative Rage is a group show of artists exploring themes of bravery, aggression and trailblazing combative non-conformity. The three generations of artists in this exhibition are proud, committed and uncompromising members of the progressive LGBTQ artistic community and create work that is powerful and flamboyant, liberating and often witty as well as visually startling. Works on display include paintings, photography, print and ceramics. Tickets £5, Concessions £3.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £5, Concessions £3.

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.
Ozzy Owl

Chinese New Year Trail

  • 10 — 28 February 2018 *on now

2018 is the Year of the Dog. Help Ozzy Owl find 12 animals around the museum from the Chinese Zodiac. £1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

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

Ozzy Owl

Nocturnal Animals

  • 1 — 31 March 2018

Help Ozzy Owl find the nocturnal animals around the museum. £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://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

Dressmaker

The Dressmaker: Victorian Extravagance in Detail

  • 25 March 2018 1-2:30pm

Gorgeous gowns with fantastic frills, dramatic decoration and luscious lace abound in this talk by Meridith Towne celebrating the skill of the Victorian dressmaker. See what the dressmaker wears to dress the debutante in her new fabulous frock with original examples of display for you to study and admire. Please book in advance, tickets £10 and includes a Cream Tea, 1pm

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

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

Ozzy Owl

Easter Trail

  • 1 — 30 April 2018

Complete the trail and find out what Ozzy Owl loves to eat at Easter. £1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Website

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

Cl;ay Chick

Craft Activity - Clay Chicks

  • 3 — 5 April 2018

Make a little clay chick, decorated with feathers, to take home. Drop-in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15am – 3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10

Admission

Museum free, craft activity £1.50

Website

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

Anglo-Saxons

Surgery, Medicine and Magic in Anglo Saxon England

  • 9 April 2018 11am-4pm

Choose a battle wound or malady to take to the Wise Woman and see what she would prescribe as a cure, with lots of odd remedies and incantations she prepared earlier! Then volunteer to help with the "surgery". 11am, free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Ozzy Puppet

Craft Activity - Ozzy Owl Puppet

  • 10 — 11 April 2018 10:30am-3pm

Inspired by the museums slipware owl make a flapping split pin Ozzy Owl puppet. Drop-in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15am – 3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Museum free, craft activity £1.50

Website

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

Reggae

Friday Twilight - Captain Stingrays Groove Machine

  • 13 April 2018 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. 7 – 10.30pm, free.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

Hedgehogs

Wildfamilies Discover @ The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

  • 15 April 2018 11:30am-3pm

Come and join Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in the Natural History Gallery to find out more about your local wildlife. The theme will be Hedgehogs, learn about what they like to eat, make a hedgehog craft and find out how to look after hedgehogs in your garden. Activities are suitable for the whole family (there will be no real life hedgehogs at this event). Free, 11.30am – 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

St George

Smoked

  • 22 April 2018 11am-3:30pm

Many moons ago, George slayed a huge angry dragon, became a hero and a knight, then found a lonely orphaned egg! Realising his terrible mistake, Saint George put down his sword and devoted his life to raising the parentless baby. Meet them both as we celebrate St George’s Day at the museum.

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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