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.
kapow

Kapow!

  • 8 February — 27 September 2020 *on now

This exhibition explores the influence of cartoon super heroes and villains on art and design. It is an art exhibition which showcases the work of artists who have worked on films such as Thor and Captain America. The target audience is 16+ however for families with young children we also have Iron man and the Thing costumes on display within the museum for families to have their picture taken with.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £5, concessions £3, free with National Art Pass, under 16’s free.

Website

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

WW2 objects

Spitfire Display

  • 28 September 2020 — 25 April 2021

This new display features some of the equipment and stories we’ll be putting into the new Spitfire Gallery, opening in 2021. Discover objects linked to the Spitfire story and the effects of the Second World War on Stoke-on-Trent. We’ll also be using this space to gather feedback from visitors about the displays, stories and objects. So, tell us what you think and help shape our final designs.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Public Artwork

While We Were Away….

  • 28 September — 8 November 2020

This special display highlights the online activities we created during our closure which were intended to support home schooling, celebrate national anniversaries and provide a fun experience for families. Our ‘While we were away…’ exhibition features some creative responses to our workshops sent in by the local community including Rainbow Trails, how we celebrated VE Day in lockdown and children’s own Mini Museums created at home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://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.
Manchu Bride

China: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872

  • 17 October — 14 November 2020

Curated from the renowned collection of glass negatives at the Wellcome Library, London, this touring exhibition explores the beautiful and sensitive photography of the 19th-century pioneer Scottish photojournalist, John Thomson (1837-1921). His travels took him across China - from the Pearl River, the Min River, to the Yangtze River and from Fuzhou, Guangzhou to Beijing - recording the regional landscapes, architecture, people, clothes and customs. The display will be complemented by a selection of Chinese artefacts from the museums’ own collections.
Admission £5 Concessions £3 Under 16s and Art Fund members free.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission £5 Concessions £3 Under 16s and Art Fund members free.

Website

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

Where's Wally

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search!

  • 24 October — 1 November 2020

Join the search for Wally with your family at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery this half term. We’re part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search. Can you find Wally in our collections? Pick up a free activity sheet at The Welcome Desk and get a spooky bookmark if you take part.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

https://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.

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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