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.
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

Fossil Ammonite

The Collection of Ted Watkin

  • 25 January — 1 July 2019 *on now

Ted Watkin was an active member and Chairman of both the North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists’ Association and the North Staffordshire Field Club. His vast collecting interests included minerals and fossils. This display shows a small selection of highlights from his collection which was kindly donated to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://potteriesmuseum.org.uk

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
Crown Staffordshire

Crown Staffordshire

  • 2 March — 12 May 2019 *on now

A selection of pieces from the Charles Green collection of Crown Staffordshire bone china, famous for its tableware, ceramic flowers and figures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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/

Rabbit

Animals in Literature

  • 30 March — 2 June 2019 *on now

Featuring animals from our Natural Science Collection, this display showcases some of the wildlife which inspired the stories written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Grayson Perry

Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry

  • 27 April — 30 June 2019

A Crafts Council touring exhibition

This exhibition showcases two of the Craft Council’s latest acquisitions to its national collection of contemporary craft: a pair of large-scale tapestries by Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize in 2003. In addition, to complement the exhibition, artworks by Grayson Perry from the museum’s own collection will also be on display. Tickets £5, concessions £3, free with National Art Pass, under 16’s free.

Caption: A Perfect Match, Grayson Perry, 2015. Crafts Council Collection: 2016.18. Purchase supported by Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation), Maylis and James Grand, Victoria Miro and other private donors. Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press, and Victoria Miro, London. © Grayson Perry

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

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

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria: 200th anniversary of her birth

  • 18 May — 1 September 2019

A celebration of Queen Victoria and her 63 year reign as monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Throughout Victoria’s reign the potters of North Staffordshire commemorated every detail of her life and as well as momentous events in the nation’s life. Royal births, deaths, marriages, wars - and peace; every aspect of Victoria’s life is documented in ceramics and on display for you to see.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Settling

Settling; Exploring Human Migration

  • 18 May — 22 September 2019

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/

Sweets

Sugar, Spice and all things nice….

  • 29 June — 8 September 2019

Visit our confectionary garden with giant candy canes and lollipops, featuring a display of toffee, sweets and chocolate packaging from the last century.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

British Press Association

British Press Association - Assignments

  • 13 July — 25 August 2019

British newspapers photographers are some of the best in the world - going to extraordinary lengths to record history as it is being made.

Wars and riots, world cups and red carpets are all recorded by these visual story tellers - and yet most of us rarely get a chance to really see many of these extraordinary photographs.

Assignments is a once a year chance to view the best of these images - as chosen by The British Press Photographers Association - and to appreciate some of the great pictures taken by UK photojournalists. Tickets £3, under 16’s free.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £3, under 16’s free.

Website

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

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

Animal Trail

  • 1 — 30 April 2019 *on now

Help Ozzy Owl find 12 animals that remind you of the popular Beatrix Potter characters. Help Ozzy Owl find 12 animals that remind you of the popular Beatrix Potter characters. £1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Help Ozzy Owl find 12 animals that remind you of the popular Beatrix Potter characters. £1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Website

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

Spring Hat

Craft Activity- Spring Hats

  • 23 — 25 April 2019 *on now

Make a Spring hat inspired by our Secret Garden. Drop in 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-3pm £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop in 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-3pm £1.50

Website

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

Staffordshire Day

Staffordshire Day

  • 27 April 2019 11am-2pm

Explore links between Staffordshire and the Spitfire with our Local History curator and find out the latest progress on the aircraft’s restoration. Free talks at 11am and 1pm. To celebrate Staffordshire ‘Makers’ there will also be a discounted sale off a range of Anita Harris and Carole Glover ceramics in the museum shop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Sewing the Sixties

Sewing the Sixties

  • 28 April 2019 1-3pm

Join Meridith Towne as she delves into her 1960s sewing box and delights in a home dressmaking journey through the decade. Rediscover the wonders of bri-nylon, crimplene and Simplicity patterns. With a whole wardrobe of original homemade garments to see from Cindy dolls fashion to beach wear you will wish you were still sewing in the sixties! 1pm, tickets £10 and includes a Cream Tea.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £10 and includes a Cream Tea.

Website

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

Spaced Out

Spaced out in the 1960s’

  • 11 May 2019 2-3:30pm

The 1960s was the most vibrant decade in human history with music, fashion, culture and art. It was also a time of great development in science, engineering and space exploration. This presentation by Andrew Lound will take you on an odyssey of the 1960s space programmes in context with the period. Talk at 2pm, tickets £5, please call 01782 232323 to book.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Talk at 2pm, tickets £5, please call 01782 232323 to book.

Website

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

Penny Dreadful

Friday Twilight - Penny Dreadful!

  • 17 May 2019 7:30-9:30pm

Join ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ as they present chills and chuckles in abundance with this original one-woman show featuring Sweeney Todd's partner in crime, Mrs Lovett!
Be entertained by Spring-Heeled Jack, Varney the Vampire, Sweeney Todd and other grotesque characters from the cheap and grisly pages of the Victorian era's penny dreadful papers, in a theatrical comedy suitable for the young at heart.
Go on - have a close shave with Mrs Lovett... She'd love to have you for dinner...
Performance 7.30 – 9.30pm, please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £12.50 and includes a slice of pork pie and pickles before the show. Bar opens at 6pm serving a range of cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £12.50 and includes a slice of pork pie and pickles before the show.

Website

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

Palace of Curiosities

Palace of Curiosities

  • 18 May 2019 11am-4pm

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! - for a Victorian sideshow with a difference. Meet the Marcus Island Mermaid along with other objects that will amaze and astound you. 11am, free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Victorian Crime

Victorian Crime and Punishment

  • 18 May 2019 11am-4pm

Come and join Discover History as they show you what it was like to be a policeman during the Victorian period and also what happened if you ended up on the wrong side of the law! Free, 11am – 4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Valentina Gagarina

The Cosmonauts Wife

  • 19 May 2019 1-3pm

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea with History’s Maid as she portrays Valentina Gagarina, the wife of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Hear how they met, what life was like while he was training and how she felt about his historic flight aboard the Vostok 1. Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm

Website

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

Solar System

Reach for the Stars

  • 1 June 2019 10:15am-4:15pm

Experience the wonders of the universe in our mobile planetarium. Enjoy a 3D tour of the solar system with clips from Tim Peake’s recent visit to the International Space Station and handle real meteorites. Please call 01782 232323 for times of screenings, tickets £3.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please call 01782 232323 for times of screenings, tickets £3.

Website

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

Astronaught

We shall go to the Moon!

  • 1 June 2019 11am-3pm

The Moon landings of 50 years ago were man’s greatest exploration. Come and see replica Spacesuits and learn about this incredible journey from the earliest days of Spaceflight , to the journey of Apollo 11 to the surface of the Moon in 1969.
Enjoy fun facts about the mission in a specially written show relating eleven facts about Apollo 11 and marvel at how mankind became a Space-faring species.
Free, 11am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Aliens

Aliens

  • 21 June 2019 7-10pm

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the cult classic film ‘Aliens’ come along to the museum for a special screening with some uninvited guests. Meet the deadly and aggressive extra-terrestrials as they provide a fast-action terrifying tribute to the special effects designers of the Alien movie series. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £5. 7 – 10pm, bar opens at 6pm serving a range of space themed cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £5

Sweets

Sweet Memories

  • 30 June 2019 1-2:30pm

Enjoy a chocolate Afternoon Tea and with a nostalgic presentation about the sweet treats of our childhood. Remember Spangles...fruity flavours and the fabulous Old English variety...only 3d! Join us for a trip down memory lane to celebrate and sample some sweet delights! Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm

Website

http://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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