Local History

A Unique Memorial

Visitors to the museum last November (2018) may remember seeing our exhibition, For The Fallen, which was centered around a unique, painted wall hanging, created to commemorate and honour the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. One year later, at this time of remembrance, I wanted to revisit the history and meaning of this special object. […]

Bombing The Potteries

October 25, 20193:54 pmLeave a Comment

Early this year we hosted David, a History student eager to help us catalogue and digitise some of our Second World War collections. One of David’s jobs was to scan in a scrapbook recording air raid damage across the city. Here’s what David uncovered in some of his own words: I find it hard to […]

Garnets & Gold – What’s new in the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery?

If you follow us on social media you might have picked up subtle hints that July 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard. Needless to say, it’s making many of us here at PMAG feel very old! To commemorate this event we are holding a series of exciting events throughout […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 pmJanuary 28, 2019 2:29 pm

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, […]