Frank Bradbury Cup Backstamp

Museum Magpie: Frank Bradbury, gilder and greengrocer

January 15, 20203:34 pmJanuary 16, 2020 12:37 pmLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie Blog     He clearly had considerable artistic talent and whilst working as a gilder he also painted for his own interest and pleasure, creating these two plates in 1890… … and this plate with a […]

Meet Me at the Museum: In our new blog meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences.

December 17, 20191:56 pmDecember 17, 2019 1:58 pmLeave a Comment

The Festive Flower Making Workshop Saturday 30th November 2019 by Rita Floyd As I travel down to Gladstone Pottery Museum on my bus I take exactly the same route down Uttoxeter Road towards Longton as I did at fifteen years old as a trainee bone china flower maker on my first day at Royal Adderley […]

Plate with holes

Museum Magpie: The plate with the holes

November 26, 201912:57 pmNovember 27, 2019 9:11 amLeave a Comment

At Gladstone the flower-makers are highly skilled at producing beautiful ceramic blooms but in the museum’s collection we have very few tools that relate to their very specialised trade. One reason for this could be that traditionally flower-makers often improvised, making their own tools out of everyday objects. They came up with inventive ways of […]

Award Success

October 25, 201912:33 pmOctober 25, 2019 12:38 pmLeave a Comment

We have some great news to share with you! Last night, at the Staffordshire Tourism and Food Awards, the museum won 4 awards, placing it amongst the best in the county. We won Gold for Best Small Visitor Attraction and will now be going forward to represent Staffordshire in the national Visit England Awards. We […]

Museum Magpie: The 80th birthday of Joseph Edge, 1885

October 18, 201910:01 amOctober 18, 2019 10:04 amLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie blog. While sorting through the contents of a cupboard in the Collections Office I came across a photograph album dated 1885. The cover is in poor condition but it has a fancy silver shield-shaped plate with […]

Work in progress in the 1910 showroom at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Volunteering at Gladstone

September 6, 20198:16 amSeptember 6, 2019 8:17 amLeave a Comment

Our latest blog was written by a student who’s been spending some time with us over the summer. We’re very grateful for all of her help and hard work. My name is Lydia and I am a History student, who has just completed the first year of my degree at university. Over the summer of […]

Shraff Tip at Gladstone Pottery Museum

The Great Gladstone Saggar Saga

June 4, 20192:22 pmLeave a Comment

A new display has been created by our volunteers in the cobbled yard here at Gladstone Pottery Museum. A pile of old rubble! Actually it’s a very special and precious pile of rubble. It’s a shraff tip. Some Potteries people would call it a shord ruck. The photo shows a pile of broken saggars and […]

Stoke Museums launches new Website

December 14, 20174:33 pmDecember 14, 2017 4:35 pmLeave a Comment

Noticed a few changes around here? Stoke-on-Trent Museums has just launched its new and improved website. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Gladstone Pottery Museum each has a new dedicated site in which you can find information about all of our upcoming events, exhibitions and blog stories from Behind-the-Scenes. Please take the time to […]

Recognition for Gladstone Pottery Museum at the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards

July 7, 20179:06 amNovember 27, 2017 2:25 pmLeave a Comment

Last night representatives from Gladstone Pottery Museum attended the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards. The museum were finalists in the fiercely competitive category for the Retail, Leisure, Culture and Tourism Award. The other finalists were Tillington Hall and the winners were Nelson’s Gin. We were absolutely thrilled to be chosen as one of only three finalists in […]

Marquetry Exhibition Coming Soon to Gladstone Pottery Museum

May 20, 20172:07 pmNovember 27, 2017 2:29 pmLeave a Comment

We’re pleased to announce that the Marquetry Society’s Annual Exhibition will be held at Gladstone Pottery Museum this month. Marquetry is the art of creating pictures and decorating items with thin veneers of wood and the exhibition will show off some of its finest examples. Hundreds of pieces of contemporary marquetry from the UK and […]