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.
Revealing Voices

Revealing Voices

  • 5 May — 23 December 2018 *on now

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Radio Stoke a selection of photographs, archival material and film will be on display from the Arthur Wood Collection. Arthur Wood’s love of the Potteries area and people led to a career that captured a unique audio collection of local voices. This exhibition has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund with permission of BBC Radio Stoke.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

This path one time long time ago

This path, one time, long time ago

  • 7 July 2018 — 2 January 2019 *on now

The Project consists in a series of sculptures and interventions that reflect upon our relationship with the environment, exploring the boundaries between nature and culture. These works in collaboration with the Natural Science department seek to engage with these subjects in new ways. The show proposes different interventions on existing Dioramas and cross-pollinating them with other Departments from the Museum. Some recent sculptures engage with the interaction between plants, animals and people in the surrounding brownfield sites.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://pmag.org.uk

WW1 ceramics

“Made by the Girls of Staffordshire…”: Ceramics from World War I

  • 28 July — 18 November 2018 *on now

A display from the museum’s collection of World War I ceramics, focusing on the wares “Made by the Girls of Staffordshire during the Winter of 1917 when the Boys were in the Trenches fighting for Liberty & Civilisation”.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://potteriesmuseum.org.uk

The Potteries & War

Commemorating Conflict: The Potteries and War

  • 22 September — 18 November 2018 *on now

An exhibition exploring how the Staffordshire potters chose to commemorate the wars of the 18th and 19th centuries and the people who fought in them. Ticket £5, concessions £3, children under 16 free. All proceeds from the exhibition will be used to help conserve the WW1 banner. Tickets for this exhibition also include entry into the For the Fallen exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5, concessions £3, children under 16 free, includes entry for both 'For the Fallen' and 'Commemorating Conflict'.

Website

http://pmag.org.uk

For the Fallen

For the Fallen

  • 22 September — 18 November 2018 *on now

A WW1 banner from the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment created in the 1920s and developed with the support of ex- soldiers and members of the British Legion. It will be supplemented with archives and objects relating to the end of the war. This will be the first time the banner has been on public display. Ticket £5, concessions £3, children under 16 free. All proceeds from the exhibition will be used to help conserve the WW1 banner. Tickets for this exhibition also include entry into Commemorating Conflict: The Potteries and War exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5, concessions £3, children under 16 free, includes entry for both 'For the Fallen' and 'Commemorating Conflict'.

Website

http://pmag.org.uk

Designlab

V&A Designlab Loans

  • 28 September 2018 — 28 July 2019 *on now

A display of six ceramic objects from the V&A museum as part of their educational initiative DesignLab Nation. This project brings together secondary schools, local museums and locally based industry and designers to inspire and preserve the essential role of Art, Design and Technology education.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Christmas Tree

A Winter Wonderland

  • 10 November 2018 — 17 February 2019 *on now

Winter has provided inspiration for North Staffordshire potters for centuries. From Wedgwood’s ‘Winter’ jasper candlestick, modelled by William Hackwood, to Spode’s iconic ‘Christmas Tree’ design. A Winter Wonderland is a display of ceramics which shape, decoration and design has been inspired by winter and all that we associate with it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Deasons

Seasons

  • 24 November 2018 — 24 February 2019

This exhibition by Staffordshire Artists references the four season of the year and showcases work produced by the group within the last two years.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Ledward

Visions in Stone: Gilbert Ledward RA - sculpture and drawings

  • 8 December 2018 — 31 March 2019

As part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Academy, Visions in Stone explores the work of the sculptor, Gilbert Ledward RA (1888-1960). The works on display include Ledward’s sculpture in stone and bronze, as well as the sculptor’s drawings and design portfolios from the museum’s own collections. Tickets £5, Concessions £3.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, concessions £3, children under 16 free

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

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

November I Spy Trail

  • 1 — 30 November 2018 *on now

Ozzy Owl is playing I Spy. Help Ozzy find 12 items from around the museum beginning with the letter B. £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.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

WW1 banner

The Story of the 5th North Staffordshire Regiment WW1 Banner

  • 17 November 2018 11:30am-2pm *on now

The 5th North Staffordshire Regiment WW1 banner is a unique piece of military and social history. In this talk by Andrew Robertshaw, leading WW1 historian, he will explain the context to the banner, what it tells us about the experience of the men who served in the battalion and how their story fits into the history of the Western Front from 1914 to the Armistice.

Talks at 11.30am and 2pm. Tickets £10 which includes entry into the exhibition. All proceeds from the exhibition will be used to help conserve the WW1 banner.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Talks at 11.30am and 2pm. Tickets £10 which includes entry into the exhibition. All proceeds from the exhibition will be used to help conserve the WW1 banner.

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Ozzy Owl

December Christmas Wish List

  • 1 — 22 December 2018

Ozzy has written his Christmas wish list. Try and find all the items on his list. £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.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Georgian Christmas

A Georgian Christmas

  • 8 December 2018 11am-3:30pm

Discover the customs and traditions celebrated by the Georgians at Christmas. How did they decorate their homes before the introduction of Christmas trees and what were their festive sweet treats of the day?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Moon

The Moon at Christmas: The Epic Voyage of Apollo 8

  • 8 December 2018 2-3pm

With rumours that the Russians were planning to launch a cosmonaut to the Moon it was decided in August 1968 to launch the first crewed Saturn 5 mission to the Moon. The first time humans would venture away from Earth. A presentation by Andrew Lound full of the excitement and drama of the first manned moon flight. Free, 2pm.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold

  • 9 December 2018 1-2:30pm

Join History Wardrobe again and explore the lure of gold in fashion and the hidden world of women in art. Inspired by the dazzling embellishments of artist Gustav Klimt, historical seamstress Meridith Towne showcases her stunning example of Belle Epoque dressmaking. Talk at 1pm followed by a glass of Mulled Wine and mince pie with fresh cream. Please book in advance by calling 01782232323, tickets £10.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782232323, tickets £10.

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.or.uk

Messy Museum

Messy Museum

  • 12 December 2018 10:30am-12pm

Join us at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for a messy midweek session for pre-school children.

£3 per child. 10.30am – 12.00pm

These monthly sensory sessions will take place outside in our Secret Garden so please dress for the weather. Each session is based on a different theme.

Booking essential - please ring 01782 232323. One adult per participating child.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Booking essential - please ring 01782 232323. £3 per child

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.org.uk

Ghost Stories for Christmas

Friday Twilight - Ghost Stories for Christmas

  • 14 December 2018 8-10pm

In the macabre tradition of the BBC's classic 1970s programme, Ghost Stories for Christmas is a show featuring original spine-chillers in a vintage vein by ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ theatre company. An evening of vengeful revenants, restless spirits and malevolent ghouls is guaranteed for those brave enough to join us! Tickets £19.95, please call 01782 232323 to book. Price includes a two course festive buffet served from 7pm followed by theatre performance 8 ‐ 10pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £19.95, please call 01782 232323 to book. Price includes a two course festive buffet served from 7pm followed by theatre performance 8 ‐ 10pm.

Website

http://www.potteriesmuseum.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.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Bethesda Street
Hanley
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST1 3DW
England

Website

The Potteries Museum

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk

Museum Events Page

http://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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