Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum
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As if frozen in time, Gladstone remains the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world's first bone china. Traditional skills, original workshops, the cobbled yard and huge bottle kilns create an atmospheric time warp which has no equal. See live pottery demonstrations and have a go yourself. Refresh yourself in our delightful tearoom. Find some treasures to take home in our large gift shop.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

The museum is open Tuesdays – Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

April – September: 10am – 5pm
Tea room: 11am – 4pm
October – March: 10am – 4pm
Tea room: 11am – 3:30pm

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Children: £5.25 (4 – 16 years inclusive)
Concessions: £6
Family Ticket: £22 (2 adults, 2 children)
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Annual Pass - this pass provides free entry to Gladstone Pottery Museum for 12 months, adult passes cost £11 each – children and concessions £9.25 each.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

The entire collection of Gladstone Pottery Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

'Flushed with Pride': our sanitaryware gallery tells the story of the toilet from the 1840s slum to the toilets of the future.

Tile Gallery: Gladstone is home to one of the finest collections of decorative tiles in Britain. Trace the development of tiles from medieval monasteries to the space shuttle.

The Doctor's House: Hear some gruesome details of the illnesses and disease that plagued the Potteries.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Industry, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gladstone
  • Minton
  • Pottery
  • Toilets
  • Tiles
  • Designated Collection
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.
Heritage Open Days Logo

Heritage Open Days

  • 21 September 2019 10am-5pm

As part of the national celebration of our heritage we will be waiving our admission fee and it will be free to visit our award winning museum. Visitors will also be able to browse craft stalls from local makers in our cobbled courtyard at our annual craft fair.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Admission to Gladstone Pottery Museum to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

Website

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

Raku pottery firing at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Raku Pottery Firing Workshops

  • 28 September 2019 10am-3:30pm

Raku is a Japanese pottery firing process and in our hands-on sessions you can glaze and fire your own pot under the supervision of ceramicist Tez Roberts. Experience the excitement of an outdoor firing and produce your own ceramic masterpiece to take home with you. 10am – 12.30pm or 1 – 3.30pm, £25 per person (includes museum admission). Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£25 per person (includes museum admission)

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Knitting at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Neck End Knitters

  • 28 September 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 26 October 2019 11am-12:30pm

If you enjoy knitting or would like to learn in a friendly, historic setting bring your needles and wool and come along to our new monthly Saturday morning knitting group. 11am – 12.30 in the Gladstone Café.
We're sorry for any inconvenience but access to the cafe is by stairs only at the moment as the lift in our main building is out of order.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, normal admission charges apply to the rest of the museum.

Website

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

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 10 October 2019 10:30-11:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5s and their parents or carers. £1 per child but normal admission applies if you wish to visit the rest of the museum.
Booking essential -please call 01782 237777.
One adult per participating child. 10.30 - 11.30am.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£1, normal admission applies to the rest of the museum.

Website

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

Cafe at Gladstone

Storytelling Cafe

  • 12 October 2019 1-4pm

Join the Renegade Writers Group and Penkhull Press and listen to local writers reading stories to thrill and entertain you.
1 – 4pm. Admission to this event is free, normal admission applies to the rest of the museum.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Free but normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

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

Trentham Gardens

The Dukes and Duchesses of Sutherland after 1833

  • 19 October 2019 11:30am-12:30pm

Join historian Steve Booth for a look at the interesting careers and activities of the Dukes and Duchesses. Find out how they benefited the local community - inspired perhaps by a sense of guilt at how the first Duke had earned a lot of his wealth in Scotland through the infamous Highland Clearances. Local citizens living in the southern part of the Potteries Region, especially those living on Trentham-controlled property, benefitted considerably from their efforts. 11.30am.
This event is free and normal admission charges apply to the rest of the museum. Please call 01782 237777 to book your place.
Please note our lift is out of order and access to the talk is by a flight of stairs.

Admission

This event is free, normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

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

Goblin door made of clat

Half Term Craft Activity – Spooky Goblin Doors

  • 29 October 2019 10:30am-3pm

Forget fairy doors! Get ready for Halloween and make your own spooky goblin door our of clay in our drop in craft workshop. Suitable for all ages, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15 – 3pm, £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

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

Half term pottery decorating

Half Term Pottery Painting

  • 29 October — 2 November 2019

Paint a piece of pottery to take home as a unique souvenir of your visit to Gladstone, from £1 plus admission. Choose from mini bottle ovens, animals, flowers and special witch and wizard and Halloween themed items.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Prices from £1 plus admission

Website

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

Spooky spider decoration

Spooky Spiders

  • 30 October 2019 11am-3pm

Make your own spooky spider decoration ready for Halloween in our drop in craft workshop. Included with admission, 11am – 3pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

This event is included with admission

Website

http://www.stokemuseum.org.uk/gpm

Magic show at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Half Term Spooky Fun Day

  • 31 October 2019 11am-3pm

Join us this half term for Halloween themed facepainting, balloon modelling and magic shows, included with normal museum admission, 11am – 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included with museum admission

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 7 November 2019 10:30-11:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5’s and their parents or carers. Take part in crafts, rhymes, singing and play. £1 per child but normal admission applies if you wish to visit the rest of the museum.
Booking essential -please call 01782 237777. One adult per participating child. 10.30 - 11.30am.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per child, normal admission applies to the rest of the museum.

Website

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

Film foottage of the potteries

Firing Films

  • 9 November 2019 11:30am-12:30pm

A chance to see films showing firing in traditional bottle ovens in the Potteries, along with photos and other related information. 11.30am.
This event is free and normal admission charges apply to the rest of the museum. Please call 01782 237777 to book your place.
Please note our lift is out of order and access to the talk is by a flight of stairs.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This event is free and normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

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

Toilet mould

Memories of a Mouldmaker

  • 16 November 2019 11:30am-12:30pm

Join Owen Sloss to hear about his 40 years’ experience as a mouldmaker, from an apprentice to a master craftsman. Find out how the sanitaryware moulding industry changed from using pen and pencil drawings to adopting technology such as computer aided design. 11.30am.
This event is free and normal admission charges apply to the rest of the museum. Please call 01782 237777 to book your place.
Please note our lift is out of order and access to the talk is by a flight of stairs.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

This event is free and normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

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

Longton Map

Snapshots of Longton History

  • 23 November 2019 11:30am-12:30pm

Join museum volunteer and local historian Phil Rowley for a look at important points in the town's history over the last few centuries and their effect on its development as 'china town'. This event is free and normal admission charges apply to the rest of the museum. Please call 01782 237777 to book your place.
Please note our lift is out of order and access to the talk is by a flight of stairs.

Admission

This event is free, normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

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

Festive flowers

Festive Flowermaking

  • 30 November 2019 From 11am

Find out how our beautiful china blooms are made from our expert flowermaker in this hands-on workshop. Make your own festive flowers including Star of Bethlehem Christmas decorations to take home with you.
11am – 12.30pm, £12 per person which includes museum admission (normally £7.75).
Please call 01782 237777 to book a place.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12, includes museum admission

Website

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

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 12 December 2019 10:30-11:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5’s and their parents or carers. Take part in crafts, rhymes, singing and play.
£1 per child but normal admission applies if you wish to visit the rest of the museum.
Booking essential -please call 01782 237777. One adult per participating child. 10.30 - 11.30am.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per child, normal admission applies to the rest of the museum

Website

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

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.

Slab Pot Making

Learn from one of our experienced potters and make a cylindrical container using the technique of slabbing. Decorate it using a variety of mark makers. (1.5 hours)

Art Deco Plate Painting

Learn about local heroine, Clarice Cliff, and her life in Stoke-on-Trent through the twenties and thirties. Then paint a plate inspired by her unique designs.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390.
To book call 01782 319232.
Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Assemblies

We offer non-denominational assemblies in which the children see a short drama and consider the moral issues raised. All assemblies are free and suitable for KS1 and KS2. Choose from: Roman slave market (human rights), Victorian strangers on a train (stealing/honesty/first impressions), and Witch hunt (bullying).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Christmas at the Gladstone

See how the Victorians celebrated Christmas. Make a card to take home and play a Victorian parlour game. Suitable for KS2 (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Clay Mask Making

Learn a variety of hand building techniques and make a mask in clay. To tailor the masks to curriculum topics (e.g. Aztecs) please let us know on booking. (1.5 hours)

Coil Pot Making

Make a cylindrical container by coiling. Add a face or other decoration of your own choice.

Dish Making

Work with our skilled potters to make a dish on a hump mould using coiling and other hand building techniques, such as winding, shaping and cutting.

Domestic Bliss

Our Victorian housekeeper will show you what life was like in a doctor's household and let you try out some of her duties. Suitable for Key Stage 1/2 pupils. (1.5 hours).
Please note: due to the small size of our Victorian rooms, maximum group size for this activity is 15.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390.
To book call 01782 319232.
Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Gladstone Pottery Museum Tour

Let our experienced guides lead you around the Victorian potbank. Glimpse the working lives of child and adult pottery workers and watch demonstrations of traditional skill.

Handling the Victorians

Compare modern life and Victorian times by exploring original objects under the guidance of a costumed interpreter. (1.5 hours) Due to the small size of some of our Victorian rooms, maximum group size for this activity is 15.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Heritage Hunt

Use clues from the buildings themselves to find out how the Gladstone Pottery Museum site has changed. Dig for genuine archaeological finds that reveal more local history. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Know your place

Experience life as a Victorian pottery worker on the shop floor or in the office. Explore and debate the dilemmas of Victorian working conditions. Suitable for KS2 (1.5 hours). Due to the size of some of our victorian rooms, maximum group size of this activity is 15.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Meet Mrs Peake

A Victorian doctor's housekeeper will visit your school and discuss her life with you. Suitable for KS2 and KS3. Sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Microbes and Diseases

Learn about how inventors have improved the design of the toilet since the times of the privy. Research some deadly diseases and handle intriguing Victorian artefacts. Suitable for Key Stage 3 pupils. (2 hours).
Due to space restrictions, please note that with group sizes in excess of 15 pupils, half of this session must be delivered by a member of school staff, using the resources provided. Maximum group size = 30 pupils.

Outreach - Gods and Monsters

Hear thrilling tales of ancient gods, practise ancient writing and make a clay artefact to keep. Choose from Egyptians, Vikings, or Aztecs. Suitable for KS2. We come to you - sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Outreach - Toys and Games

Find out how your great-great grandparents amused themselves. Make a cardboard toy to take home. Suitable for KS1. We come to you - sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Outreach - Victorian Christmas

See (and smell) how Victorians prepared for Christmas. Make a Victorian Christmas card to take home. Suitable for KS2. We come to you - sessions normally last about 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Outreach - Victorian schoolroom

A particularly strict Victorian schoolteacher will transform your pupils into models of deportment and respectful behaviour. We supply all the necessary equipment. Suitable for KS2. Sessions normally last around 1.5 hours.

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232.

Paper Potbanks

Can buildings speak? Explore texture, pattern, scale and shape in our unique historic environment. Make 3D panels for a large scale mural inspire by Gladstone Pottery Museum.
(2 hours)

Physical and Chemical Processes

Learn about energy with the Gladstone Pottery Museum's huge machines and explore the use of gears. Examine the reversible and irreversible changes in clay, then plan an investigation. Suitable for Key Stage 3 pupils. (2 hours).
Due to space restrictions, please note that with group sizes in excess of 15 pupils, half of this session must be delivered by a member of school staff, using resources provided. Maximum group size = 30.

Tessellating Tiles

Explore the Tile Gallery and learn how shape, colour and pattern have been used in tile design over the centuries, then make your own "encaustic" tile. (1.5 hours)

Time is Money!

Watch as our expert demonstrates the art of bone china flower making and have a go yourself. Time our expert and learn about piece work. (1.5 hours)

Toilet Times

Experience life before the flushing lavatory in our Victorian back yard. use a bag of mystery objects to find out how the humble lavatory has helped to save millions of lives. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Toilet Times

Experience life before the flushing toilets in our 1840s back yard and understand why clean water and sanitation are now basic human rights. Suitable for KS2 and KS3. (1.5 to 2 hours).

How to obtain

For more information contact the Education team on 01782 235390. To book call 01782 319232. Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Traditional Toys

Find out how your great-great grandparents amused themselves. Make a cardboard toy to take home. Suitable for Key Stage 1 pupils. (1.5 hours).

How to obtain

For more information call the Education Team on 01782 235390.
To book a session call 01782 319232.
Cost of sessions = from £2 per pupil.

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road
Longton
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
ST3 1PQ
England

Website

E-mail

gladstone@stoke.gov.uk

Telephone

01782 237777

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