The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery houses collections that bring together the identities that went into forming the area known as the Potteries. The Museum holds a collection of Staffordshire ceramics. The collection is internationally renowned and includes a large collection of Staffordshire and salt-glazed stonewares. The 18th and 19th centuries are very well represented with collections of the major Staffordshire factories such as Wedgwood, Spode, Minton and less well known factories such as that of William Greatbatch. The museum also has significant collections of figures, including the Elizabeth Marianne Wood Collection of 18th and 19th century figures and the Pugh Collection of Victorian Staffordshire portrait figures.
The gallery includes a technical section illustrating the production techniques of pottery and also includes more unusual collections, such as the Keiller collection of 667 cow creamer jugs and the Marjorie Davies collection of nearly 300 frog mugs. There is a second world war aircraft on permanent display, a Supermarine Spitfire whose earlier Marks were designed by R. J. Mitchell who came from nearby Butt Lane. Our Secret Garden is a sensory oasis with plants and fungi to smell and touch, popular with the visually impaired. The visitor can also explore the wildlife, landscape and geology of The Potteries. There is full diabled access to the museum. There are disabled toilets. Wheelchairs are available. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Location : Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW
Transport: Stoke on Trent (National Rail) then bus. Bus Routes : 14, 14A, 17, 23, 23A, 24, 24A and 25 stop outside.
Opening Times : Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00; Sundays 11:00 to 16:00
Tickets : Free
Tel: 01782 232323