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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]