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.
Mini chamber pots

Go Potty at Gladstone - Chamber Pot Trail

  • 28 — 31 January 2020

Can you find the mini chamber pots hiding around the museum?
Follow the trail at the museum - free pencil and entry into a prize draw for everyone who takes part. £1 plus admission. Tuesdays - Saturdays.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

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

Cushion knitted at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Neck End Knitters

  • 29 February 2020 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 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

Seed Chocolate

Seed Chocolate Talk – The History and Future of Chocolate

  • 8 February 2020 11:30am-12:30pm

Discover the history of chocolate from our premium chocolate producing neighbours Seed Chocolate and find out more about their ethical business.
11.30 am, this event is free and normal admission applies to the rest of the museum. To book a place please call us on 01782 237777.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This event is free to attend and normal admission applies to the rest of the museum. Booking essential.

Website

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

Toddler Thursday

Toddler Thursday

  • 13 February 2020 10:30-11:30am

Learn, play and explore in our sessions especially for under 5’s and their grown-ups. £1 per child (normal admission applies if you wish to visit the rest of the museum). Booking essential -please call 01782 237777. 10.30 - 11.30am.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

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

Website

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

Bone china flower candle holder

Bone China Flowermaking Workshop - Candle Holders

  • 15 February 2020 11:30am-1:30pm

Learn about bone china flowermaking from one of our experts and make your own beautiful bone china candle holder using applied flowermaking techniques. This will then be glazed and fired at the museum ready for collection.
£25 per person, 11.30am – 1.30pm. Includes museum admission, please call us on 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£25, includes museum admission

Website

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

Clay creature with recycled materials

Litterbugs

  • 18 February 2020 10:30am-3pm

Create your own clay creature using recycled materials in our drop in workshop, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.15 – 3pm, £1 plus admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 plus admission

Website

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

Painted plate at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Paint Your Own Art Deco Plate

  • 29 February 2020 11:30am-1pm

Learn more about the art deco style of painting famously used by artists such as Susie Cooper and Clarice Cliff. Paint your own decorative plate to take home. 11.30am – 1pm, £12 per person (includes museum admission). Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person (includes museum admission)

Website

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

MOthers Day Gifts

Mother's Day Shopping Discount

  • 5 — 7 March 2020

Save 15% when you spend £5 or more in the shop. Choose from gifts, cards, books and ceramics made or decorated on site. Admission tickets not included. The shop and café welcome non-museum visitors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The shop and café welcome non museum visitors. Normal charges apply to the museum.

Website

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

Raku Pottery Firing at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Raku Pottery Firing Workshops

  • 14 March 2020 10am-12:30pm, 1-3:30pm

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/gpm/

Etruria Mill

Bone to Bone China – The Story of a Potters’ Mill 1857 to 2020

  • 21 March 2020 11:30am-12:30pm

Bernard Lovatt is a volunteer at Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill in Etruria, the only remaining operational steam powered potters’ mill in the world and a scheduled monument of national importance. He will speak about the processing and milling of materials required to mix with clay to make pottery, especially bone, flint and china stone necessary to make English Bone China. Samples of materials can be handled and a video of the mill in operation will be shown.
11.30am, free (normal admission applies to the rest of the museum), please call 01782 237777 to book a place

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

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

Coiled pots made at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Coiled Pot Making Workshop

  • 4 April 2020 11:30am-1pm

Make your own decorative pot to take home with you by hand-building and coiling clay. This hour and a half session includes help from our expert ceramicist,11.30 am – 1pm, £12 - includes museum admission. Please call 01782 237777 to book. It is possible to pay an additional £1.50 to have your pot fired.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person (includes museum admission)

Website

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

Cripples Guild Ware

The Duchess of Sutherland Cripples Guild Talk

  • 4 April 2020 11:30am-12:30pm

Did you know that in the grounds of the Trentham Estate there was once a factory that produced the most exquisite silver and silver plated metal ware? In existence for only twenty very successful years, with a shop in Bond Street and a clientele that included Queen Victoria and most of British Aristocracy, the company known as The Duchess of Sutherland Cripples Guild was the pioneering project of the Last Duchess who lived in Trentham Hall .Millicent Sutherland Leveson Gower was a Society beauty but also a socialist who's history is joined at the hip with our six towns. Come and find out more about this amazing woman and enjoy a unique opportunity to see a private collection of Cripples Guild ware.
11.30 am, free (normal admission applies to the rest of the museum). Please call us on 01782 237777 to book a place.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This event is free but normal admission applies to the rest of the museum. Booking essential.

Website

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

Raku Pottery Firing

Raku Pottery Workshop – Whole Day

  • 13 June 2020 10:30am-3:30pm

Get hands-on in this whole day session where you can glaze and fire two pots under the supervision of ceramicist Tez Roberts. Experience the excitement of an outdoor firing and produce your own ceramic masterpieces to take home with you. 10.30am – 3.30pm, £45 per person (includes museum admission). Please call 01782 237777 to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£45 per person

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.

Coil Pot Making

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

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)

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.

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)

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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