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.
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.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/whats-on/world-war-1-centenary/

Otter

Animal Alphabet

  • 23 May — 27 September 2015 *on now

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

Website

http://stoke.gov.uk/museum

Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

  • 11 July — 13 September 2015

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), this display at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions.
Tove Jansson, an accomplished Finnish author and artist, had a life every bit as fascinating as her famous creations, The Moomins. This exhibition draws an intimate portrait of the artist’s life on her private island in the archipelago of Finland, where she regularly spent the summer months with her life partner Tuulikki Pietilä and at her artist studio in Helsinki.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Lowry

Lowry and Berry: Observers of Urban Life

  • 25 July 2015 — 10 January 2016

This special exhibition features works by distinguished artist L.S Lowry and his local counterpart Arthur Berry together for the first time. Revealing the influence one had on the other but also showing their individual styles.
These two working class artists who portrayed the world around them were unpretentious and their work showed the beauty and humour in the everyday.
Lowry in his works chose to portray the ordinary existence of the common man. Berry influenced by Lowry also championed the common man and not only referenced them in his paintings but in his plays and poems.
These two great artists reflect a world that has changed immeasurably but the warmth and emotion with which it captured lives on.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, concessions £3.

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Dougie Mac

Dougie Mac presents Expressions of Care

  • 1 August — 13 September 2015

Douglas Macmillan Hospice has teamed up with a number of local schools to capture children’s feelings and emotions towards hospice care. Come along and see how each school has produced their unique pieces of art and how the Dougie Mac is so much more than you think. All children who visit the exhibition will receive a special badge.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

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.
waterloo Soldier

Waterloo 200th Anniversary

  • 4 July 2015 11am-4pm *on now

To celebrate the bicentenary of Waterloo, Mr. Punch is visited by the Duke of Wellington. He is looking for 'Old Volunteers' to join his army and defeat the French at the Battle of Waterloo.
Not only is Napoleon in for a surprise - but so too is Josephine!
Also meet Private Frederick Pudge, of the Foot Guards who is a veteran of Duke of Wellington’s campaigns in Spain, Portugal and Waterloo. Listen as he recounts his experience, explains the reality of life on campaign, the horrors of war, and offers an eye-witness account of Waterloo and the final defeat of Napoleon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Anglo-Saxon Warrior

Stories from the Hoard

  • 24 July 2015 12-3pm

The theatre comes to the museum café as a series of actors interact with our customers with tales of the Staffordshire Hoard. Throughout the day visitors can also discover the world of theatre props making and scene settings. 12 - 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Lowry Landscapes

Lowry Landscapes

  • 28 — 30 July 2015

Make a 3D landscape inspired by the artist L.S Lowry to take home and make a character to add to our giant Lowry scene.
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

Admission

Drop in 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.15 to 3pm £1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Squirrel Pot

Clay Animal Pots

  • 4 — 6 August 2015

Make a clay animal pot inspired by our family friendly Animal Alphabet exhibition.
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
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Museum free, craft activity £1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Reggae Night

Friday Twilight - Reggae Night

  • 7 August 2015 7-10pm

Enjoy an evening of Reggae music as Majik Flank and his band Flank Dub Department perform at the museum with live vocalist Charmaine Baines. Our bar will also be serving a refreshing range of Caribbean cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £6, concessions £5, call 01782 232323 to book.

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Craft Activity

Dancing Dinosaurs

  • 11 — 13 August 2015

Make a dinosaur puppet and see if you can make him stomp.
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
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Museum free, craft activity £1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

T-Rex Dinosaur

Discover Dinosaurs

  • 15 August 2015 11am-4pm

Jurassic park comes to the museum as we continue to celebrate our Animal Alphabet exhibition.
Get ready to travel back in time with a real walking, growling T-Rex, the Dinosaur that was truly feared by all.
The live dinosaur show is for people of all ages, with stunningly realistic animatronic puppetry to bring you a dinosaur encounter like no other.
Along with the show there will be a display of life like dinosaur models which include a Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as dinosaur bones and eggs. Visitors can also interact with a variety of real life prehistoric animals including cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, lizards, snakes, snapping turtles and birds.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets must be pre-booked for the T-Rex theatre show at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets are Adults £3, Children £2, Family ticket ( 2 adults and up to 3 children ) £10. Due to anticipated high demand these tickets must be booked and paid for in advance by calling 01782 232323.

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Craft Activity

Dragon Hats

  • 18 — 20 August 2015

Make a paper dragon hat inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard.
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
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Museum free, craft activity £1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Clay Tiles

Clay Tiles

  • 25 — 27 August 2015

Make a clay tile and decorate it using designs from our ceramics collection.
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
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Museum free, craft activity £1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Teddy and Otto

Animal Antics

  • 1 September 2015 11am-4pm

Enjoy a taste of the British countryside as we meet a selection of real and not so real wildlife in our final animal themed summer event.
Meet Otto the Otter and Teddy the Fox as they wheel a wooden cart through the crowd. Laden with ancient magic, props and relics from the greatest fairy tales ever to be told, Otto and Teddy invite anyone who wishes to test their knowledge in a quiz of fairy-tale fantasy!
Visitors will also be able to see some of their favourite animals from the British countryside including hedgehogs, barn owls and mice. As a comparison and just because we love them we have also invited a meerkat along as well!
Throughout the day children can make an animal mask to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

Animal Masks

Animal Masks

  • 1 — 3 September 2015

Make a mask of an animal that features in our family friendly Animal Alphabet exhibition.
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
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Museum free, craft activity £1.50

Website

http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum

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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