A Nurse’s Autograph Book

December 10, 20181:15 pmDecember 10, 2018 4:23 pmLeave a Comment

I only re-joined the team here at The Potteries Museum a few months ago. It’s been a pleasure reacquainting myself with the collections and exhibitions. One of the best bits of being a new curator is getting to know the many objects in your care and the thrill of discovery as you do so. Taking […]

Spitfire Progress – Wings

October 22, 201810:04 amOctober 22, 2018 12:30 pmLeave a Comment

Progress continues on the restoration of Spitfire RW388 by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society Limited (MAPSL). This week it’s time to really get things off the ground* with one of the Spitfire’s most recognisable features – its wings. (*Pun very much intended) RW388’s wings were detached in order to remove it from the building in […]

Spitfire Progress – Fuselage

October 8, 201810:00 amOctober 16, 2018 11:12 amLeave a Comment

Progress continues on the restoration of Spitfire RW388 by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society Limited (MAPSL). This week we look at progress to the main body of the aircraft – the fuselage. This section is made from curving panels attached to a supporting structure of horizontal longerons and vertical frames, forming the core of the […]

Spitfire Progress – The Engine

September 28, 20184:00 pmOctober 16, 2018 11:12 amLeave a Comment

Progress continues on the restoration of Spitfire RW388 by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society Limited (MAPSL). Much of the focus early on has been on the aircraft’s Merlin engine – arguably almost as much of a Second World War icon as the Spitfire itself. Progress Report The Merlin 266 has been fully cleaned and painted, […]

This path one time long time ago

August 24, 20182:54 pmAugust 24, 2018 2:55 pmLeave a Comment

This exhibition comes from a collaboration between myself, the Natural History department of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and AirSpace Gallery. It comes from a long term project that AirSpace has undertaken regarding the brownfield sites in and around Stoke-on-Trent. So the invitation was to think about the brownfield sites and the Natural History […]

Rafaelle Monti ‘The Mother’

March 9, 20184:08 pmLeave a Comment

In the 1840s a number of leading factories in Stoke-on-Trent were experimenting with a fine, unglazed porcelain body of brilliant whiteness. The marble-like texture of the porcelain surface was seen as ideal for reproducing both antique and modern sculptures. In 1845 the firm of Copeland & Garrett was able to exhibit its ‘Statuary Porcelain’ which […]

Mad March Hares

March 2, 20181:00 pmMarch 9, 2018 4:11 pmLeave a Comment

Spring is a good time to see Brown hares in the countryside. Although normally nocturnal and cautious of daytime predators, the warmer weather makes them more active and they can be seen chasing each other in fields and meadows alongside the edges of woods and hedgerows. The famous ‘boxing’ activity is between a male and […]

Phillip Connard, The Lilac Dress

February 23, 201811:15 amFebruary 21, 2018 5:41 pmLeave a Comment

This rather enigmatic portrait of a lady, known as The Lilac Dress, is one of the earliest paintings purchased for the museum’s fine art collection in 1926. The Lancashire-born artist Phillip Connard RA (1875-1958), first worked as a house painter and studied art part-time until he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. […]

Museum Treasures: Roman Sarcophagus

February 16, 20183:46 pmLeave a Comment

The precise origins of this stone sarcophagus or coffin (currently held in our museum stores) are unknown. It is likely to have been produced in mainland Europe, perhaps in Rome itself, but had found its way into the collections now held by The Potteries Museum by the late 19th century. The sarcophagus is decorated along […]

Museum Treasures: A Burslem Boy

February 9, 20182:34 pmFebruary 12, 2018 1:55 pmLeave a Comment

  The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has a long tradition of exhibiting and supporting local artists. One such artist is John Shelton (1923-1993), two of his paintings are held in the museum’s permanent fine art collection. Shelton studied at the Burslem School of Art along with fellow students, Arthur Berry and Norman Cope. In 1944 […]