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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1; a war that was to last four years and irrevocably change society for ever. To commemorate the impact that this made on our culture the museum will be organising an exhibition and a series of events examining different themes including the role of women, scientific and medical advances and entertainment.

Echoes of War

25 October 2014 – 26 April 2015

Drawn from the museum’s collections, this thought provoking exhibition brings together personal experiences and powerful images of The Great War. Focusing on the major contribution that Stoke-on-Trent made to the war effort through its infirmary and looking at social conditions just before the war and how these changed as the war continued.  The exhibition will also highlight key figures from the local area that made a great contribution in their own right.


World War One Replica Trench System

22 November 2014 – 11 November 2018

The museum has installed an outdoor replica First World War trench system next to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre.

It is being created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914 and will offer visitors an atmospheric, thought-provoking understanding of some of the conditions experienced by soldiers on the front line.

Engagement days are planned for both school-age young learners and adults, which will combine activities and displays with science demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about life in the trenches, artillery shells, how poison gas was made and even try their hand at making periscopes, which were used to spy on enemy positions.

The trench will be open daily from 11am – 3pm, weather permitting, and will be free to view.

For further information please contact Melanie Firman on 01782 232323 or e-mail melanie.firman@stoke.gov.uk.


Our Friends, The Enemy

Friday 21 November, 7pm

The Western Front, Christmas 1914: lights appear from the German trenches and soldiers meet between the firing lines. The events which follow are the most astounding stories of the Great War told through the eyes of one soldier. Private James Boyce takes us on a magical, haunting journey through the events surrounding the Christmas truce.

Please book in advance, tickets adults £10, concessions £8


Oh What a Lovely War

17 – 19 April 2015

Theatre presentation of the play by Mow Cop Players, which will take place just before the commemorations for Gallipoli.

Forum Theatre, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, times and ticket prices to be confirmed.


CSI – First World War

Saturday 25 April 2015

Working in partnership with Staffordshire and Keele University Forensic Departments examining how new scientific advances changed the art of warfare.


Women and the Great War

Sunday 22 March 2015

World War One had catastrophic impact on the lives of millions, both on the battlefield and on the Home Front. It was also a time of tremendous social upheaval, bringing new opportunities and freedoms to many women, all of which had a dramatic impact on fashion. In this presentation History Wardrobe will bear witness to the lives of women during the war by showcasing their stories and their clothes. Moving and amusing with many anecdotes and a unique display of costumes and uniforms.

Time and ticket price to be confirmed.