A Brief History of Gladstone China

May 15, 20201:14 pmMay 18, 2020 9:29 amLeave a Comment

Browsing in an antique or charity shop, the stalls at a flea market or a car boot sale you might come across wares with the backstamp Gladstone China. These items would have been made at the Gladstone China Works, in the buildings that are now Gladstone Pottery Museum. The factory produced good quality bone china tablewares. They didn’t […]

Museum Magpie: Surprises from the saggar maker’s workshop

April 30, 20207:27 amMay 14, 2020 10:39 amLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie blog. Essential maintenance at Gladstone meant that recently we had to completely empty the saggar maker’s workshop. It seemed like a good opportunity to check the museum objects on display in there, make sure the computer records were […]

The Soft Option: in celebration of the toilet roll

April 16, 20209:31 amApril 16, 2020 9:32 amLeave a Comment

Recently toilet paper has become a national obsession but what did people use before it was invented? Well, you could wash or you could wipe, and in many parts of the world washing is still the preferred method. For wiping, depending on what was available where you lived leaves, grasses, moss, sticks or even stones […]

Lisa's first pot

Meet Me at the Museum: Lisa’s First Pot

March 6, 202010:25 amApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

Meet Me at the Museum: Meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences. Our latest blog was written by Lisa who runs our Toddler Thursday sessions and clay holiday activities. I still remember making my first pot. I was about four years old at infant school. […]

Frank Bradbury Cup Backstamp

Museum Magpie: Frank Bradbury, gilder and greengrocer

January 15, 20203:34 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie Blog     He clearly had considerable artistic talent and whilst working as a gilder he also painted for his own interest and pleasure, creating these two plates in 1890… … and this plate with a […]

Meet Me at the Museum: In our new blog meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences.

December 17, 20191:56 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

The Festive Flower Making Workshop Saturday 30th November 2019 by Rita Floyd As I travel down to Gladstone Pottery Museum on my bus I take exactly the same route down Uttoxeter Road towards Longton as I did at fifteen years old as a trainee bone china flower maker on my first day at Royal Adderley […]

Plate with holes

Museum Magpie: The plate with the holes

November 26, 201912:57 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

At Gladstone the flower-makers are highly skilled at producing beautiful ceramic blooms but in the museum’s collection we have very few tools that relate to their very specialised trade. One reason for this could be that traditionally flower-makers often improvised, making their own tools out of everyday objects. They came up with inventive ways of […]

Award Success

October 25, 201912:33 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

We have some great news to share with you! Last night, at the Staffordshire Tourism and Food Awards, the museum won 4 awards, placing it amongst the best in the county. We won Gold for Best Small Visitor Attraction and will now be going forward to represent Staffordshire in the national Visit England Awards. We […]

Museum Magpie: The 80th birthday of Joseph Edge, 1885

October 18, 201910:01 amApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie blog. While sorting through the contents of a cupboard in the Collections Office I came across a photograph album dated 1885. The cover is in poor condition but it has a fancy silver shield-shaped plate with […]

Work in progress in the 1910 showroom at Gladstone Pottery Museum

Volunteering at Gladstone

September 6, 20198:16 amApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

Our latest blog was written by a student who’s been spending some time with us over the summer. We’re very grateful for all of her help and hard work. My name is Lydia and I am a History student, who has just completed the first year of my degree at university. Over the summer of […]