Collections

Crash Landings

It’s no secret that Spitfire RW388 didn’t have the longest flying career. It was built in 1945 and grounded permanently in 1952. Unfortunately, our collection lacks detailed evidence for the aircraft’s activities during those seven years. So I was very excited when our close partner, Operation Spitfire, drew my attention to some documents I’d never […]

Hot off the Scanner

April 26, 201910:15 amMay 15, 2019 9:43 amLeave a Comment

Digitisation is an important part of the core work of the collections team at the museum. Digital images of objects are vital for our collections database (helping us find and count objects in stores!), and allow us to share our collections more widely with the public across a variety of digital platforms which include social […]

New Acquisition to the art collection

April 19, 20199:00 amApril 29, 2019 3:24 pmLeave a Comment

Still Life with Pigeon (1928) by William Coldstream (1908-1987) We are always very grateful that people generously offer us items for the museum collections. We were recently delighted by a gift of the painting, Still Life with Pigeon (1928) by William Coldstream (1908-1987). Coldstream was one of the most influential British painters of the 20th […]

Spitfire Progress – Old Paint and New Parts

Work continues at Medway Aircraft Preservation Society Ltd (MAPSL) readying Spitfire RW388 for its return to the city in 2020. If you haven’t already, check out our previous Spitfire blogs for the story so far. One of the first jobs MAPSL needed to do was strip layers of old paint in order to prime and […]

Pursuing the Archaeology of the Peak District

January 25, 20194:41 pmJanuary 25, 2019 4:47 pmLeave a Comment

The archaeology collections at the Potteries Museum cover many parts of Staffordshire, including parts of the county that fall within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park. I’m currently involved in a project, working closely with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, to track down where archaeological collections from the Peak District have ended up. […]

The Potteries Museum Dinosaur Sculpture

January 18, 201912:03 pmJanuary 18, 2019 12:36 pmLeave a Comment

Recent visitors to the Natural Science Gallery will have noticed a shiny new addition – a stunning metal dinosaur sculpture.

Changing Fashions; Drinking and Dining

January 2, 20194:24 pmJanuary 2, 2019 4:26 pmLeave a Comment

This blog post is the product of Molly Woodhouse, a third year Photojournalism student at Staffordshire University, who undertook her ‘Work placement and career development’ module here at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The research, interpretation, photography and delivery of this virtual exhibition was undertaken by Molly over the course of three months. All of […]

Spitfire Progress- Peeling back the Paint

January 2, 201910:57 amJanuary 2, 2019 11:03 amLeave a Comment

Late in 2018 I took a trip to visit the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society at Rochester Airport. The team have been busy on the restoration of Spitfire RW388 and work will continue in 2019. One of the big jobs has been to strip away layers of paint from the wings and fuselage in order to […]

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 […]