Collections

We have almost one million objects in our diverse collections – far too many to display at any one time. Our stored collections are made available through our online catalogue.

Ceramics

Ceramics

The finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics in the world including items from the Minton Museum sale. Over 5,000 pieces are on display in our galleries. These explain the history of manufacture and design in the pottery industry.
Local History

Local History

These collections reflect the history and development of The Potteries as an urban and industrial centre. In addition there is an impressive archive of personal and business records and ephemera, and a growing photographic collection.
Archaeology

Archaeology

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is the principal repository for archaeological material from Staffordshire.  The large archaeology collection includes artefacts which date from the prehistoric period right up to post-medieval ceramics from the sites of former local pottery manufactories.
Decorative Arts

Decorative Arts

A regionally important collection of costume and textiles dating from the 15th century to the present day, including a world class collection of jade and ivory as well as the Bagot, Rawlence and Young Collections.
Fine Art

Fine Art

The Fine Art collection began when Dr John Russell gave his collection of Impressionist paintings to the City on condition that it built an Art Gallery.
Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Natural objects were an essential part of early Potteries museums. The collections of the North Staffordshire Field Club (formed in 1865) were the basis of the North Staffordshire Natural History Museum (opened in 1908).
Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is supported by an amazing group of dedicated volunteers.
Exploring the Potteries

Exploring the Potteries

Explore the unique locations of The Potteries through historical maps, photos and documents.
Collections Blog

Collections Blog

Stories from Behind the Scenes
Collections Enquiries

Collections Enquiries

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