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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.


Expectations of War

Saturday 28 June 2014

This event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the shooting of Archduke Ferdinand which was one of the contributing factors to the outbreak of war. Discover what life was like as the country stood on the brink of war with an Edwardian Music Hall performance featuring Marie Lloyd, famous singer of the period and a recruiting sergeant.

Theatre performance 2pm, tickets adults £6, concessions £5


For The King’s Shilling

30 – 31 October 2014  

It’s 1914 and Europe is on the brink of war.

The Potteries Museum and The Regent Theatre Creative Learning Department present ‘For The King’s Shilling’ a moving, funny, yet thought provoking evocation of the tragedy and pathos of the First World War

This new performance piece, will explore the bawdy, tough humour of the lads on the front line, the struggles at home and the history of the period taking you on an incredible journey across Europe: from the optimism of the British home front to the blood-soaked fields of Flanders.

Ticket prices to be confirmed.

‘For the King’s Shilling’ Auditions

The Regent Theatre and the Potteries Museum will be working together to create a community theatre performance to commemorate the anniversary of the Great War. ‘For the King’s Shilling’ will be a celebration and commemoration of the lives of the fallen of the Great War, a brand-new piece which will contain a factual thread, intercut with songs/dance from the period.

Creative Learning will be holding auditions to bring together an ensemble cast of 50 young performers, who will be offered the opportunity to perform in a celebratory event with a difference. Successful candidates will also receive a free ticket for War Horse at the Regent Theatre (Thursday 2 October).

Audition Venue: The Potteries Museum, Bethesda Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW
Audition Dates: Saturday 2 August 2014 10am – 5pm and Saturday 9 August 2014 10am – 5pm (recalls)

Audition Applications are now available – email stokecreativelearning@theambassadors.com or call 01782 211214.


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.