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

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
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/

Victoria

Queen Victoria: 200th anniversary of her birth

  • 18 May — 1 September 2019 *on now

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 *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
Sweets

Sugar, Spice and all things nice….

  • 29 June — 8 September 2019 *on now

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 Photographers Association - Assignments

  • 13 July — 25 August 2019 *on now

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/

Hoard Festival

Saxons in Stoke – King Penda and the Princess

  • 25 July 2019 11am-4pm

In celebration of ten years since the discovery of the Staffordshire hoard, join King Penda and his Saxon court as they welcome a visiting princess. Meet an array of colourful characters as they bring the Saxon world to life: Experience Saxon religion with the help of the Shaman; advise the King on war and peace; help the hauskarl as he stands guard; uncover action-packed stories from tales enjoyed by real Saxons; try your hand at intricate gold rolling and explore the many possible reasons for the existence – and hiding - of the Staffordshire hoard! Free, 11am – 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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.
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/

Ozzy Owl

Summer Ozzy Owl Trail

  • 1 — 31 July 2019 *on now

Ozzy Owl is going on holiday. Find 12 items Ozzy needs to pack in his suitcase. £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/

Hoard Festival

The Festival of Archaeology

  • 20 July 2019 11am-4pm

Get inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard and join in with the national Festival of Archaeology. Try your hand at metal detecting and panning for gold, see how the grave of an Anglo-Saxon warrior is excavated, match skulls with a zooarchaeologist, and meet experts from the worlds of archaeology and science.
Free, 11am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Apollo

Apollo A Moon Odyssey

  • 20 July 2019 2-3:30pm

It was on this date 50 years ago that Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon. Andrew Lound in this presentation will tell the story of the Apollo project tracing the highs and lows of the most ambitious and daring mission in history. 2pm, tickets £5.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5, please call 01782 232323 to book.

Website

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

Time Traveller's Wardrobe

The Time Traveller’s Wardrobe - Fabrics and fashions in a futuristic world

  • 21 July 2019 1-3pm

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, costume historian Lucy Adlington from History Wardrobe joins forces with writer Angela Clare in this colourful and charismatic exploration of how we interpret the past and visualise the future. With insights into technology, culture and creativity, fantastic period costumes and super Sci-Fi insights. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £10 and includes a Cream Tea. 1pm

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £10 and includes a Cream Tea.

Website

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

Clay Aliens

Craft Activity: Clay Aliens

  • 23 — 25 July 2019

Get creative and make your own scary or friendly little clay alien from space. Drop in 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.15pm-3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50

Website

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

Secret Garden

The Potty Gardening Club

  • 24 July 2019 10:30-11:45am

Come along and join The Potty Gardening Club for a range of fun gardening activities during the school holidays. 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

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per child payable on booking

Website

http://pmag.org.uk

Birds of Prey

Staffordshire Hoard Festival – Birds in Anglo-Saxon Art and Folklore

  • 25 July 2019 11am-4pm

Birds were a powerful symbol to Anglo Saxons who believed them to be magical, spiritual and heaven-sent. Birds of prey were thought to be the princes of the bird kingdom and were worshipped and admired, their images were cast on to weapons, jewellery and precious possessions as good luck talismans and omens of victory. Meet a beautiful collection of live raptors and listen to the story of how birds became the princes of Saxon England! Free, 11am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Memory Cafe

Memory Café - Figures from the Past

  • 25 July 2019 1-3pm

Who were your celebrities? How did you celebrate the queen’s coronation? Be stimulated by our Staffordshire Figures collection as famous people are recreated in pottery. Free, 1 – 3pm

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

Bureau of Untold Stories

The Bureau of Untold Stories

  • 26 July 2019 2:30-3:30pm

The world's stories have gone missing, but with outrageous accents, some unconventional storytelling skills, live sound effects and YOUR help, the inspired inspectors of The Bureau of Untold Stories are going to get them back! Free, 2.30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

British Press Association

Friday Twilight - Images of War and Conflict

  • 26 July 2019 7-8pm

This illustrated talk by a photojournalist from the British Press Association highlights the experiences, stories and reporting of conflict within war torn countries which headline many of our national newspapers.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

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

Greg Murray Band

Friday Twilight - Greg Murray and the Seven Wonders Band

  • 26 July 2019 8-10pm

This band will provide an evening of live entertainment led by the charismatic singer/songwriter James Gregory Murray. Playing a wide variety of song styles, including brazen barn-dances, beautiful ballads, ‘death country’, dramatic Americana, rock, reggae and folk – with added colour from an incredible brass section and accordion player! Free, 8 – 10pm, bar opens at 6pm serving a range of cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

sweets and sugar canes made from brown clay

Clay Candy Canes and Sweets

  • 27 July 2019 11am-3pm

Make a basket of clay sweets and candy canes inspired by the Sugar, Spice and all things nice display. Drop in 11am-3pm £1.50

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50

Website

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

Candyland

Candyland

  • 27 July 2019 11:30am-3pm

Enter the world of the Chocolate Factory with a show inspired by the story of Willy Wonka. Meet the eccentric owner and his little helpers as they make their delicious sweets before gum-chewing champion Violet arrives with her special ticket. Free, performance times 11.30am, 1.30 and 3pm. Children can also make a basket of clay sweets and candy canes to take home. Drop in 11am-3pm £1.50

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

octopus, sharks, starfish made from pegs, pipe cleaners and sequins

Peg Creatures from the deep Sea

  • 30 July — 1 August 2019

Create your very own ocean friend from pegs and a variety of materials. Drop in 10.30am-12:30pm & 1.15pm-3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50

Robots and Rockets

Percy Vere’s Rockets and Robots

  • 5 August 2019 11:30am-3pm

A hilarious family show with a mad inventor, a rebellious robot and even rockets taking flight!
Prepare to go to infinity and beyond with Percy and his inventions. Boldly going where no man has gone before, Percy has dreamed of flying to the stars since he was a little boy. Now with the help of his robot friend and the audience he is trying to make his dreams come true. Free, performance times at 11.30am, 1.30 and 3pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

clay man sitting on a moon cresent

Clay Man in the Moon

  • 6 — 8 August 2019

Make your own clay man or woman that lives on the moon. 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/

Secret Garden

The Potty Gardening Club

  • 7 August 2019 10:30-11:45am

Come along and join The Potty Gardening Club for a range of fun gardening activities during the school holidays. 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

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per child payable on booking

Website

http://pmag.org.uk

Murder Mystery

Friday Twilight - Death by Chocolate

  • 9 August 2019 7-10pm

Do you like chocolate? Would you die for chocolate? Could you murder for chocolate? Nestled in Bournville, Mr Cadbury and Mr Wonka are about to launch their new chocolate bar...until a family death causes the launch to be postponed. Tickets £27.50 and includes three course dinner, coffee and glass of wine or juice on arrival. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323. 7 - 10pm

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £27.50 and includes three course dinner, coffee and glass of wine or juice on arrival. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323.

Website

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

Watch the Birdie

Watch the Birdie

  • 12 August 2019 11:30am-4pm

An old fashioned photographer from the silent movie era dresses up and poses volunteers for portraits on a vintage paper moon...
With a musical accompaniment of gypsy jazz, find yourself under the keen eye of a world class comedy portrait photographer. This man of few words uses mainly gesture and eye movements to demonstrate to his sitters what to do-with ridiculous and hilarious results. Free, 11am – 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

craft activity

Craft Activity:Space Rocket Hats

  • 13 — 15 August 2019

Get creative with a range of materials and make a rocket hat ready to blast off to the moon. Drop in 10.30am-12:30pm & 1.15pm-3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

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

a yellow round balloon with eyes and arms and a green smaller balloon with hair eyes and arms. They are made to look like aliens. They are sitting infront of two model rockets.

Craft Activity:Balloon Aliens

  • 17 August 2019 11am-3pm

Balloon Aliens. What do aliens look like? Get creative and design your own alien creation by using balloons and coloured paper. Drop in 11am-3pm £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

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

Thunderbirds

F.A.B. the Story of Thunderbirds

  • 17 August 2019 2-3:30pm

A talk by Andrew Lound tracing the history of the iconic Thunderbirds TV series created by Gerry Anderson. Complete with music, rare images and models. 2pm, please book in advance by calling 01782 232323, tickets £5.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

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

Aliens

Are We Alien?

  • 17 August 2019 11am-4pm

Meet two alien visitors who have come to earth on a research trip. They are fascinated by how humans interact and react to each other. Using humour, physical theatre and improvised games they aim to make friends and prompt the question Are We Alien? 11am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Royalty and Press

Royalty, Celebrity and the Press

  • 18 August 2019 1-2:30pm

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea whilst discovering the relationship between the press and some of our most photographed figures. Hear about the stories behind the images with a leading photojournalist from the British Press Association. Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

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

paint bottle, crayons and scissors spread out over card.

Craft Activity:Flying Helmets

  • 20 — 22 August 2019

Pretend to be a pilot and make your very own flying helmet from card to wear. Drop in 10.30am-12:30pm & 1.15pm-3pm, £1.50

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50 per child

Website

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

long necked dinosaur made from brown clay

Clay Dinosaurs

  • 27 — 29 August 2019

What is your favourite dinosaur? Make it from clay and add texture to it with different dried pasta. 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/

Secret Garden

The Potty Gardening Club

  • 28 August 2019 10:30-11:45am

Come along and join The Potty Gardening Club for a range of fun gardening activities during the school holidays. 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

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per child payable on booking

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/

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

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