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.
Apollo

Apollo 50: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the First manned Lunar Landing

  • 23 March — 3 November 2019 *on now

On 20th July 1969 Neil Alden Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, first set foot on another world, the Moon. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of that incredible achievement.

This exhibition forms part of a global commemoration of Apollo 11, to remind those who lived at the time of the excitement and wonder of reaching another world, and to introduce to a new generation the history of humankind’s greatest adventure – the exploration of space. The display will feature 50 models, memorabilia and multi-media which tell the epic story of the Apollo programme in context with the history of rocketry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Pyrrhidium sanguineum

New Arrivals: 2018

  • 15 February 2019 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Nature-watchers send thousands of records to the Staffordshire Ecological Record at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust every year. Combined with the data from specimens at the museum, these records form a picture of what lives in the local area. Sometimes something brand new to Staffordshire is discovered, either because it has been overlooked in the past or because it has moved in from a neighbouring county.

We've worked with local biological recorders to reveal some brand new discoveries from around Staffordshire in 2018. Using a combination of specimens from the museum's collections and the in-the-field photographs used to determine the new record, this hot-off-the-press display shows the flora and fauna never before seen in the County.

(Thumbnail image shows Pyrrhidium sanguineum, (C) BugChaser)

Suitable for

  • Any age
Settling

Settling; Exploring Human Migration

  • 18 May — 22 September 2019 *on now

Made in collaboration with local residents, Settling showcases the pictures and stories of those who have moved to the city from around the world, from the recent past to the present day. The exhibition is supported by GRAIN Projects, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

My Favourite Record

My Favourite Record

  • 8 June — 29 September 2019 *on now

Record shops are on the rise, more and more people of all ages are choosing to go back to vinyl records. This display captures the images of a group of vinyl lovers with their favourite record, using their own words they explain the special meaning behind their choices.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Snowy Owl

Potters Lane

  • 5 October — 22 December 2019

Visit our Local History galleries and see a magical transformation as we enter a world inspired by JK Rowling’s famous characters. Can you spot the snowy owl in our pub, identify the witch’s potions in the chemist shop and unravel the spell in the schoolroom?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/

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

Ozzy Owl Trail

  • 1 — 30 September 2019 *on now

Winter is coming Find 12 items around the museum that remind Ozzy Owl that winter is coming. £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.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/

Cultural Icons

British Ceramics Biennial - Cultural Icons

  • 14 September — 17 November 2019 *on now

Cultural Icons takes inspiration from the history and tradition of the Staffordshire flat-back, once produced by most of the potteries in the region. Such objects reflected the interests of ordinary people in Victorian England, their subjects including famous entertainers, politicians, royalty and religious themes. For this project, curator Tessa Peters assisted by artist Christie Brown invited figurative ceramicists to respond to the historic flat-back portrait figures in the extensive collections of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The resulting artworks comment on aspects of mainstream culture, society and politics today.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free (entry tickets available at reception).

Website

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

Handling finds

Can You Dig It?

  • 21 September 2019 10:30am-4:30pm

We are hosting three events throughout the day! Join our finds experts at 10.30am to learn about some of the artefacts we have found during our work on HS2 and what they tell us about the people who lived in the area thousands of years ago. You’ll be able to learn more about the archaeological process and handle finds from excavations at Streethay, Staffordshire, where we found a Roman settlement. At 12pm take part in our geophysical survey: learn about the techniques we use to look below the ground, use the equipment and become a geophysicist for an afternoon! And why not end the day at 3pm by letting your children join our excavation team for a mock-up excavation. They will have an opportunity to dig up objects, get dirty and enjoy themselves!

This is a drop-in activity and does not require booking.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/can-you-dig-it

Heritage Ope Days

Heritage Open Days – People Power

  • 21 September 2019 11am-3pm

Take a curator-led tour of the galleries and discover some amazing, and sometimes surprisingly, stories of People Power. Followed by a behind-the-scenes look at objects related to the events and legacy of the Chartist working class movement of the 1840s. Free tours run throughout the day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Faity Tale

Fairy-tale Afternoon Tea

  • 22 September 2019 12-2:30pm

Enjoy a delicious homemade Afternoon Tea in the company of our fairy-tale princesses including Snow White and Cinderella. Come along in your favourite glamorous dress to impress our enchanted guests of honour.
Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323.Children £8, adults £10. Servings at 12 and 2.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Children £8, adults £10. Servings at 12 and 2.30pm.

Website

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

Panda Family

Friday Twilight - Science at Night

  • 27 September 2019 4-9pm

Join us again for a science-packed extravaganza of hands-on activities and events that will give kids and adults alike the chance to meet researchers from Staffordshire and Keele Universities. This year’s theme is 'Life on Earth', where we'll be exploring the diversity of life on our planet, the amazing creatures that came before us and the challenges facing nature today. Meet Tiny the Dinosaur, a family of Pandas, experience a Jurassic 360 degree show and get hands on with real pollution and conservation research! Free, 4 – 9pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Ozzy owl

Spooky Ozzy Trail

  • 1 — 31 October 2019

Help Ozzy Owl find 12 spooky items in the museum. £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.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/

child doing a yoga pose standing in a museum gallery

Mindful Museum-yoga for under 5s

  • 11 October 2019 11-11:45am

Join us on Friday 11th Oct for a monthly yoga session for under 5s.
Through stories and rhymes linked to our collections the children will do stretching and moving sequences. Each session will have a different theme. 11am-11.45am £3 per child payable on booking. Booking essential please on 01782 232323 Recommended age 2 to 5 years.
Please feel free to bring a yoga mat with you if you have one but it is not essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child payable on booking

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/

WW2

Handbags to Hand Grenades

  • 13 October 2019 1-2:30pm

Join History’s Maid and meet a member of the Special Operations Executive agent as she goes through her recruitment and training to be a secret agent. Learn what life was like preparing to go behind the lines in Occupied France as a secret agent in World War Two whilst enjoying an Afternoon Tea. Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm

Website

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

babay playing in beans with dinosaur.

Messy Museum-Spooky Fun!

  • 16 October 2019 10:30am-12pm

Join us for a fun messy play session for pre-school children. This session will be messy fun with a spooky theme and will include finding bugs in jelly, pumpkin dough and making a clay spider to take home.

10.30am – 12.00pm £3 per child payable on booking.
Booking essential - please ring 01782 232323.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/

Diwali

Diwali

  • 19 October 2019 11am-5pm

Discover the story of Diwali as we celebrate the colourful and vibrant Hindu Festival of Light at the museum with traditional music, dance and craft activities. 11am, free.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

elephant head made from clay and decorated with sequins

Clay Ganesh

  • 19 October 2019 11am-3pm

Make a clay Ganesh to take home and decorate it with sequins. Drop in 11am-3pm £1.50

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50

Website

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

Crimean Soldier

Friday Twilight - Charge of the Light Brigade

  • 25 October 2019 7:30-9:30pm

Join Richard Felix TV presenter, author and historian as he explores the famous Charge of the Light Brigade which took place during the Crimean War. Richard has found 11 Staffordshire men who took part in that fateful charge on 25th October 1854. This includes Cpl John Allae of the 13th Light Dragoons who for many years was the Landlord of the Swan Hotel in Leek. Performance 7.30 – 9.30pm, please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Performance 7.30 – 9.30pm, please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10.

Boy will red and white sripped hat standing behind a sign that says Where's Wally? The big museum hunt. Behind the boy are lots of pictures in frames, as if he is standing in an Art Gallery.

Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt

  • 26 October — 3 November 2019

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? The Big Museum Hunt, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Double Trouble at the Museum. Can you find Wally in our collections? Pick up a free activity sheet at the museum Welcome Desk and get a special sticker if you do!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/

Wizards

Witches, Wizards and Warlocks

  • 26 October 2019 11am-4pm

Enter the magical world of the museum as we pay tribute to JK Rowling’s famous wizarding stories. Join our two wizards as they outwit, out-duel and outsmart the forces of darkness, take part in wand making and potions workshops and listen to the talking hat. Free, performance times 11.30am, 1.30 and 3pm. Workshops £2.50 per session, please call 01782 232323 to book and for times.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Mars Robot

Mars Robots

  • 28 October 2019 11am-4pm

Explore the surface of the red planet and learn all about robots with our Mars Rovers. Drive a remote-control robotic vehicle across a realistic Martian landscape and discover the challenges faced in space exploration and how robots will help the first humans to land on Mars! Free, 11am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

clay frog, cat and spider

Clay Spooky Familiars

  • 29 — 31 October 2019

If you were a witch or a wizard what familiar would you choose? A cat, frog, rabbit or even a ferret? Make your very own from clay to take home. Drop in 10.30am-12:30pm & 1.15pm-3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50

Website

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

pumpkin carved as a cat face

Potty Gardening Club: Spooky Gardening

  • 30 October 2019 10:30-11:45am

Potty Gardening Club: Spooky Gardening
Join our Potty Gardening Club and decorate a pumpkin for Halloween. Activities where possible will take place outside in our Secret Garden so please dress for the weather. There is an indoor space too so the club can go ahead, whatever the weather! Children will help to grow and develop our garden but will also make something to take home. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child payable on booking. 10:30-11:45. Booking essential ‐ call 01782 232323.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/

boy standing on a mat doing a yoga pose with arms outstretched.

Mindful Museum-yoga for under 5s.

  • 8 November 2019 11-11:45am

Mindful Museum-yoga for under 5s.
Join us this Friday 8th November for a monthly yoga session for preschool children.
Through stories and rhymes linked to our collections the children will do stretching and moving sequences.
This month’s theme will be linked to Bonfire Night and fireworks. 11am-11.45am £3 per child payable on booking. Booking essential please on 01782 232323 Recommended age 2 to 5 years.
Please feel free to bring a yoga mat with you if you have one but it is not essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child payable on booking

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/

Terror on the Tracks

Friday Twilight – Terror on the Tracks

  • 15 November 2019 7:30-9:30pm

Journey back to the days of steam with Don’t go into the Cellar theatre group, where untold menace could be found lurking in the tunnels, set to leap out of the darkness to ensnare the unwary! An original stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' ‘The Signal-Man’ and other tales of menace and melodrama are the bill of fare on offer to those brave enough to join us. Performance 7.30 – 9.30pm, please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10. Bar opens at 6pm serving a range of cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Performance 7.30 – 9.30pm, please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10.

Website

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

bog standing on a mat in a museum gallery doing a yoga pose with arms out stretched.

Mindful Museum-yoga for under 5s

  • 13 December 2019 11-11:45am

Mindful Museum-yoga for under 5s.
Join us on Friday 13th December for a monthly yoga session for preschool children.
Through stories and rhymes linked to our collections the children will do stretching and moving sequences.
This month there will be a Christmas theme. 11am-11.45am £3 per child payable on booking. Booking essential please on 01782 232323 Recommended age 2 to 5 years.
Please feel free to bring a yoga mat with you if you have one but it is not essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child payable on booking.

Website

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/

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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