Sunday, 21 January 2018

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Stoke-on-Trent is world famous for its pottery and no visit to the city would be complete without experiencing this unique museum.

If you are planning a visit to Stoke-on-Trent what better place to start than the Gladstone Pottery Museum?  Located in a Victorian pottery factory, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Stoke-on-Trent, famous for the quality of its pottery. Gladstone was not a famous pottery, however, it was typical of hundreds of similar factories in the area making everyday ceramic items for the mass market. Experience for yourself what conditions were like for the men, women and children who worked at the centre of the world’s pottery industry.

You can watch incredible daily demonstrations of pottery skill and you can even get invloved, try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating a piece a pottery to create a unique souvenir of your visit for a small extra charge.

We tried out throwing pottery for ourselves for only £3.

The Gladstone Shop sells a variety of unusual gifts you won’t find on the high street, including local history books and DVDs and pottery made and decorated at the museum. The Gladstone Cafe serves hot and cold food, drinks and cakes which you can enjoy with a view of Gladstone’s famous cobbled courtyard. Open to both the general public and museum visitors it offers a friendly welcome and serves the local speciality – Staffordshire oatcakes.

It was in March 1960 that the ovens at Gladstone last fired; but decorating and then only despatch departments were active until May 1970 when Thomas Poole and Gladstone China put the works up for sale.

During the 1960s when the old pottery factories and bottle ovens were being demolished, there were a group of local people centred on the Trustees of the Cheddleton Flint Mill who were interested in saving part of the traditional landscape of the Potteries. Many sites were considered, but the Gladstone site was considered the best example of a medium sized typical pot bank.

There is so much to see at the museum and so much to do. You could easily get lost in the history and spend 2 to 3 hours here.

The museum has a large free car park on Chadwick Street for visitors and a token can be obtained from Reception to exit the car park. There are also spaces outside the museum entrance for Blue Badge Holders. Cycle parking is located outside the main entrance to the museum.

Adults: £7.50
Children: £5.25 (4 – 16 years inclusive)
Concessions: £6
Family Ticket: £22 (2 adults, 2 children) 

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